Explore Careers - Job Market Report
This unit group includes telecommunications and electrical trade contractors who own and operate their own businesses. This group also includes supervisors who supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: <i>Electricians</i> (7241), <i>Industrial Electricians</i> (7242), <i>Power System Electricians</i> (7243), <i>Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers</i> (7244), <i>Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers</i> (7245), <i>Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers</i> (7246) and <i>Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians</i> (7247). They are employed in a wide range of establishments; places of employment are indicated in the above unit group descriptions.
electrical contractor, foreman/woman, cablevision technicians, foreman/woman, construction electricians, foreman/woman, industrial electricians, foreman/woman, power line and cable workers, foreman/woman, power system electricians, foreman/woman, telecommunications installation and repair workers, supervisor, cable maintenance and repair, supervisor, plant electricians, supervisor, residential electricians.
- Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who install, repair and maintain electrical wiring, fixtures and control devices, power systems, telecommunication systems and cablevision systems
- Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other subcontractors or departments
- Requisition materials and supplies
- Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity
- Train or arrange for training of workers
- Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
- Ensure standards for safe working conditions are observed
- Prepare work progress reports
- May manage the operations of own company
- May also supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers.
Outlook & Prospects for Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations in Northwest 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.
National Outlook ¿ 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC¿s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations) is part of a larger occupational group called Contractors and Supervisors, Trades and Related Workers (NOC 721).
|Occupations in this group||
Supervisors, Machinists and Related Occupations (7211)
Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations (7212)
Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades (7213)
Contractors and Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades (7214)
Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades (7215)
Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades (7216)
Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews (7217)
Supervisors, Printing and Related Occupations (7218)
Contractors and Supervisors, Other Construction Trades, Installers, Repairers and Servicers (7219)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||225,663|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||44|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||61|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, employment in this occupation grew more quickly than average, but the unemployment rate also increased. The average hourly wage also increased at the same rate as for other occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Contractors And Supervisors, Trades And Related Workers, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 101,616 and 92,352 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply and demand were balanced in this occupation, it is expected that supply and demand will continue to be balanced. In other words, the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill the job openings over the 2011-2020 period. The majority of job openings will arise from retirements. In fact, the workers in this occupation are older than average. Expansion demand will also be a significant source of job openings. Workers retire at the same age as others on average, so the retirement rate is higher than for other occupations, but these job openings will be much lower than over the 2001-2010 period. In fact, the aging population and the very high level of housing starts and renovations in recent years will limit the growth in residential construction. Moreover, since many contractors and supervisors are employed in the manufacturing sector, which has been in decline for a number of years, employment for supervisors of staff in this sector will continue to decline over the projection period. With regard to the labour supply, a large portion of new contractors and supervisors will come from related occupations and not directly from the school system. This is because a number of years of experience is generally required for this occupation.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||7,320||7%|
|Projected Job Openings||101,616||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||92,352||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Information and cultural industries||9.00|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
This occupation (Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations) is part of a larger group called Contractors and Supervisors, Trades and Related Workers (NOC 721). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), 39% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 15%.
What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?
This occupation (Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations) is part of a larger group called Contractors and Supervisors, Trades and Related Workers (NOC 721). According to the Labour Force Survey (
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations) is part of a larger group called Contractors and Supervisors, Trades and Related Workers (NOC 721). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), the unionization rate for this group was 35%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 32%.
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