Utilities

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2016-2017):
-4.0%
Job growth (2016-2017):
-600
Total employment (2017):
12,900

Source: 2017 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 2017

  Men: 69%
  Women: 31%

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
3%
2017
3%
B.C. average (2017)
22%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2012
0%
2017
1%
B.C. average (2017)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2012
5%
2017
5%
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)

N/A - Data not available

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)

N/A - Data not available

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
13,700
2023
14,000
2028
14,200

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

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