Public Administration

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2016-2017):
-2.0%
Job growth (2016-2017):
-1,800
Total employment (2017):
101,900

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • Around half percent of employment in this industry in B.C. is in the Mainland / Southwest region.
  • This industry is highly unionized, with almost two-thirds of workers being members of a union.

The Public Administration industry is made up of agencies that are engaged primarily in activities of a governmental nature. Such activities include keeping public order and safety, drafting and enacting legislation, administering and collecting taxes, working in national defence, providing immigration services, and administering government programs.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2017

  Men: 45%
  Women: 55%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2017

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2012 2017 B.C. average (2017)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2012
6%
2017
5%
B.C. average (2017)
22%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2012
0%
2017
0%
B.C. average (2017)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2012
11%
2017
14%
B.C. average (2017)
14%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 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

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2018 2023 2028
Forecasted employment
2018
102,600
2023
107,100
2028
113,100

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2018 - 2023
  • 2023 - 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2018
  • 2023
  • 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Public Service Agency
https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/

British Columbia Police Association
http://www.bc-pa.ca/

British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association
http://www.bcpffa.org/

Canada School of Public Service
http://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/

Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces
http://www.forces.gc.ca/

Government of British Columbia
http://www.gov.bc.ca/

Institute of Public Administration of Canada
http://www.ipac.ca/

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