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Chef’s get good News from Statistics Canada

By 21/02/2013 No Comments

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 acording to Statistics Canada. Here’s a statistical look at how those challenges may shape up by 2030.

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

  • 42,700 Food counter attendants and kitchen helpers
  • 38,800 Food and beverage servers
  • 20,500 Cooks
  • 8,700 Bartenders

Source: Statistics Canada and Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

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