Accommodation and Food Services

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2014-2015):
-4.2%
Job growth (2014-2015):
-7,800
Total employment (2015):
177,500

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Accommodation and Food Services industry in B.C. has a comparatively young, mostly female workforce.
  • Most jobs in this industry are located in the Mainland / Southwest, Vancouver Island / Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions.
  • Part-time work is common in this industry.
  • Wages for workers are much lower than the provincial average.
  • The industry is particularly sensitive to tourism activity.

Accommodation businesses provide lodging or short-term housing to travellers and other people who are temporarily away from their usual residence. Examples of accommodation are hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, hostels, industry work camps and recreational ”lodgings” such as campgrounds and RV sites.

Food service and beverage businesses provide prepared food and beverages that are ordered by customers. Establishments range from full-service restaurants to cafés, fast food outlets, delis, food trucks, caterers and contractors who provide meals to hospitals or airlines. Night clubs, lounges, bars and pubs are also included in this industry.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2015

  Men: 42%
  Women: 58%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2015

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2010 2015 B.C. average (2015)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2010
41%
2015
40%
B.C. average (2015)
21%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2010
8%
2015
6%
B.C. average (2015)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2010
14%
2015
21%
B.C. average (2015)
14%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Location of work

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
  % employment of this industry
  % employment of all industries

Vancouver Island / Coast

Mainland / Southwest

Thompson-Okanagan

Kootenay

Cariboo

North Coast & Nechako

Northeast

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2017 2022 2027
Forecasted employment
2017
177,300
2022
195,100
2027
206,400

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2017 - 2022
  • 2022 - 2027

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2017
  • 2022
  • 2027

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Tourism Industry - go2
https://www.go2hr.ca/bc-tourism-industry

British Columbia Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA)
http://www.bcrfa.com/

Destination BC
http://www.destinationbc.ca/

North American Industry Classification System
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/concepts/industry-industrie-eng.htm

Restaurants Canada
https://www.restaurantscanada.org/

Tourism Industry Association of BC
http://www.tiabc.ca/