Labour demand in Canada’s restaurant industry

Help wanted: Labour demand in Canada’s restaurant industry
September 19, 2012
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With more baby boomers starting to think about retirement and fewer young people predicted to enter the work force over the next decade, Canada’s restaurant industry will continue to face a chronic shortage of workers to fill in the gaps. Here’s a statistical look at how those challenges may shape up by 2030.

  • 1,118,600Number of restaurant workers in 2011
  • 1,322,000Projected demand for restaurant workers in 2020
  • 76,500 Projected shortage of restaurant workers in 2020 (full-year jobs)
  • 136,700Projected shortage of restaurant workers in 2030 (full-year jobs)

Share of restaurant operators currently having difficultly filling positions for:

  • 79% Cooks
  • 54% Food and beverage servers
  • 51% Food service attendants and kitchen helpers

Occupations with the largest expected labour shortages by 2030 (full-year jobs):

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