Public Administration

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2017-2018):
+2.0%
Job growth (2017-2018):
+2,400
Total employment (2018):
104,300

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • Around half of employment in this industry in B.C. is in the Mainland / Southwest region.
  • This industry is highly unionized, with the majority 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 2018

  Men: 45%
  Women: 55%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2018

  Men: 58%
  Women: 42%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2013 2018 B.C. average (2018)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2013
8%
2014
7%
B.C. average (2018)
20%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2013
N/A
2018
N/A
B.C. average (2018)
20%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2013
9%
2018
10%
B.C. average (2018)
13%

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 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: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2019 2024 2029
Forecasted employment
2019
100,700
2024
103,400
2029
105,700

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2019 - 2024
  • 2024 - 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2019
  • 2024
  • 2029

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