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Bookkeepers maintain complete sets of books, keep records of accounts, verify the procedures used for recording financial transactions, and provide personal bookkeeping services. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.
- Keep financial records and establish, maintain and balance various accounts using manual and computerized bookkeeping systems
- Post journal entries and reconcile accounts, prepare trial balance of books, maintain general ledgers and prepare financial statements
- Calculate and prepare cheques for payrolls and for utility, tax and other bills
- Complete and submit tax remittance forms, workers' compensation forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents
- Prepare tax returns and perform other personal bookkeeping services
- Prepare other statistical, financial and accounting reports.
Outlook & Prospects for Bookkeepers in Vancouver Island and Coast Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Vancouver Island and Coast Region||2012-05-16|
Employment opportunities for bookkeepers are good on Vancouver Island. Although some job growth is expected, the majority of job openings will arise as a result of the need to replace older workers who retire. The increased use of computerized bookkeeping has resulted in a lower demand for bookkeepers. Opportunities are more favourable for bookkeepers who are certified and who can market their services. Employment prospects are also good for bookkeepers who are open to performing other administrative functions within a company or organization.
Bookkeepers work in a variety of industries and a large proportion of bookkeepers are self-employed, contracting out their services to various businesses.
People looking for work in this occupation can find opportunities through the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, The British Columbia Bookkeepers Association, and the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- The Vancouver Island Construction Association reports construction activity is brisk in Greater Victoria, and the industry is having difficulty finding estimators, project managers and some trades
Week of Feb 25 – Mar 01, 2013
- The federal government has announced two jetties will be replaced at CFB Esquimalt, which is expected to create up to 1,400 jobs during the construction phase
Week of Feb 11 – Feb 15, 2013
- The BC Utilities Commission has approved the replacement of the John Hart generating station near Campbell River, a project that will create about 400 construction jobs per year for five years
- A new $30M Aquatic Centre approved in Langford
Week of Jan 07 – Jan 11, 2013
- New hospital project to create jobs in Campbell River
- PCL Constructors Westcoast (PCL) has been contracted to complete the new Johnson Street Bridge project in Victoria
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