Construction

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2014-2015):
+0.5%
Job growth (2014-2015):
+1,000
Total employment (2015):
201,500

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Construction industry in B.C. has a large, mostly male workforce.
  • The industry has undergone unprecedented expansion in the last 10 years, and in that time made the largest contribution to strong provincial economic growth.
  • Most jobs in this industry are located in the Mainland / Southwest, Vancouver Island / Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions.
  • Wages for most construction workers are similar to the provincial wage average for all industries.

The Construction industry includes businesses involved in constructing, repairing and renovating buildings, engineering projects, and sub-dividing and developing land.

Businesses or people in this industry may work independently or as sub-contractors. They can be responsible for large projects from start to finish, or they may work on a specific stage of a project.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2015

  Men: 88%
  Women: 12%

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
10%
2015
10%
B.C. average (2015)
21%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2010
37%
2015
34%
B.C. average (2015)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2010
15%
2015
15%
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)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Women

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

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Youth

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

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

2016 2020 2025
Forecasted employment
2016
207,500
2020
213,400
2025
217,500

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2016 - 2020
  • 2020 - 2025

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2025

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA)
http://www.bccsa.ca

British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)
http://www.bccassn.com

BuildForce Canada
http://www.buildforce.ca/en