Wholesale Trade

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2019-2020):
-0.1%
Job growth (2019-2020):
-100
Total employment (2020):
88,700

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Wholesale industry accounts for a large portion of provincial employment.
  • The industry is sensitive to general economic conditions, as well as to changing consumer trends.
  • Most of the employment in this industry occurs in the regions with the highest populations: Mainland / Southwest and Vancouver Island / Coast.
  • Wages for most workers in this industry are below the provincial all-industry average.

Wholesalers can be thought of as “middle men,” usually supplying goods for resale or industrial use.
 
The Wholesale Trade industry includes everything from small corner stores to big-box chains and wholesale distribution centres.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2020

  Men: 50%
  Women: 50%

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2020

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2015 2020 B.C. average (2020)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2015
9%
2020
9%
B.C. average (2020)
21%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2015
18%
2020
15%
B.C. average (2020)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2015
4%
2020
2%
B.C. average (2020)
11%

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2015
  • 2020
  • B.C. average (2020)

Source: 2020 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: 2020 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2019 2024 2029
Forecasted employment
2019
83,600
2024
88,200
2029
91,300

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

Industry Canada
http://www.strategis.ic.gc.ca/engdoc/main.html

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

Retail Council of Canada
https://www.retailcouncil.org/

Retail Wholesale Union
http://www.rwunion.com

Shelfspace – The Association for Retail Entrepreneurs
http://www.shelfspace.ca