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Trades Helpers and Labourers

What they do?

Trades Helpers and Labourers:

A. Move, load, and unload materials

B. Erect and dismantle structures

C. Mix, pour, spread, and rake materials

D. Install, operate, maintain, and repair equipment/machinery

E. Oil and grease equipment

F. Assist in drilling/blasting rock

G. Tend and feed machines such as mixers/compressors

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 74.0%
2. Transportation and warehousing - 3.0%
3. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 2.0%
5. Public administration - 2.0%
6. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 2.0%
7. Retail trade - 2.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you usually need some high school education.

2. To be a construction labourer, you may need general construction labouring experience.You may receive on-the-job training.

3. To be a construction labourer in large-diameter oil and gas pipeline construction, you usually need one season's experience in this type of oil/gas pipeline construction.

4. Many recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Physical Education
4. Industrial Arts

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Trades Helpers and Labourers is $14.93/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and above average for all labouring and elemental occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Trades Helpers and Labourers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Trades Helpers and Labourers Wage By Age


19% of Trades Helpers and Labourers are unemployed. This rate is above the average for labouring and elemental occupations.


Trades Helpers and Labourers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Trades Helpers and Labourers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Trades Helpers and Labourers is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($14.93) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (19%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely continue to be below average because new technologies should continue to improve productivity, allowing employers to do more with fewer workers and the need of more specialized workers.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (28%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Taking directions

2. Physical/outdoor work

3. Team environment

Part Time Workers

Trades Helpers and Labourers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

11% of Trades Helpers and Labourers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 103,100 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 1% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Trades Helpers and Labourers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The younger-than-average age (32) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Trades Helpers and Labourers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 2% of Trades Helpers and Labourers are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Trades Helpers and Labourers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

7% of the individuals employed as Trades Helpers and Labourers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.