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Public Works and Maintenance Labourers

What they do?

Public works and maintenance labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment

B. Collect money from coin boxes of parking meters along established route

C. Collect and load refuse on garbage trucks

D. Assist equipment operators to secure attachments to equipment or trucks

E. Assist in routine maintenance and repair of equipment

F. Assist skilled tradespersons such as carpenters, plumbers and mechanics

G. May operate mobile sidewalk-cleaning equipment.

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 40.0%
2. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 21.0%
3. Construction - 11.0%
4. Transportation and warehousing - 11.0%
5. Utilities - 10.0%

What education do I need?

1. Several weeks of on-the-job training are provided.

2. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Public Works and Maintenance Labourers is $16.69/HR, which is close to the 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

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

10% of Public Works and Maintenance Labourers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for labouring and elemental occupations.

Unemployment

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Public Works and Maintenance Labourers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.69) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (10%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average; however the government investment in public services/infrastructure should create few job openings.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

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

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (67%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Part Time Workers

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


7% of Public Works and Maintenance Labourers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 24,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 68% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 2% of Public Works and Maintenance Labourers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Public Works and Maintenance Labourers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


9% of the individuals employed as Public Works and Maintenance Labourers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.