Utilities

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2014-2015):
+5.8%
Job growth (2014-2015):
+800
Total employment (2015):
14,500

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Utilities industry in B.C. has a small workforce that is mainly employed in larger establishments. There is no self-employment in this industry.
  • The industry relies more on capital equipment than on labour to produce its output, so the human element is much smaller than in most other industries
  • Most jobs in this industry are located in the Mainland / Southwest region, followed by the Thompson-Okanagan region.
  • Wages for most workers in the industry are higher than the provincial average for all industries.

The Utilities industry includes businesses that operate electric power, gas and water systems.

Water is used to generate about 90 percent of B.C.’s electric power. Electricity is also generated by power plants, most of which are fueled by natural gas.

Water purification and distribution, and sewer services are also included in this industry.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2015

  Men: 77%
  Women: 23%

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)

N/A - Data not available

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
N/A
2015
N/A
B.C. average (2015)
21%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2010
N/A
2015
N/A
B.C. average (2015)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2010
N/A
2015
N/A
B.C. average (2015)
14%

N/A - Data not available

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)

N/A - Data not available

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)

N/A - Data not available

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

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2016 2020 2025
Forecasted employment
2016
14,400
2020
14,500
2025
14,500

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

British Columbia Water and Waste Association
http://www.bcwwa.org

Canadian Hydropower Association
https://canadahydro.ca

Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
http://www.cwwa.ca

Centre for Energy
http://www.centreforenergy.com

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