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All About Employment in Victoria, BC

A closer look at the SSEGR sector (see below for acronym)

| February 26, 2015

SSEGR stands for the occupational sector that contains jobs in social sciences, educational services, government services and religion. The growth prospects are not overwhelmingly positive for the three sectors that the 2013 Labour Force Survey includes within the census sector named above (Educational Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) and […]

Overview of the social science, education, government service and religion occupational sector

| February 24, 2015

As mentioned in the first part of this series the occupational sector comprised of jobs in social science, education, government service and religion is the city’s fourth biggest employment category. Approximately 19,900 of the 180,000 Victorians that were employed in 2014 work at jobs that fall within this categorization. But what is the outlook for […]

Will your job become obsolete?

| February 19, 2015

I listen to podcasts – a lot! Some of my favourites are Planet Money, Freakonomics, Fresh Air, This American Life and 99% Invisible. I know that listening to people talk is probably not the best way to increase my running speed (music of a certain number of beats per minute would be better for that) […]

Can we stop the race to the bottom?

| February 17, 2015

One of my personal heroes is Seth Godin and I thought of him as I listened to one of Planet Money‘s most recent podcasts called The People Inside Your Machine (Episode 600). That’s because a principle that I believe is being played out in the phenomenon which is the subject of the podcast (Amazon’s ‘Mechanical […]

A closer look at the trades, transportation and equipment operators sector

| February 12, 2015

Despite the somewhat lacklustre growth predictions for the Transportation and Warehousing and Manufacturing sectors on the WorkBC site (which consists of information taken from the 2013 Labour Force Survey) I think that the trades portion of the trades, transportation and equipment operator occupational sector is a hot one at the moment but all of them […]

Overview of the Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators occupational sector

| February 10, 2015

As mentioned in the first part of this series the trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations sector is the third biggest employer in the Victoria CMA (census metropolitan area). Approximately 20,200 of the 180,000 Victorians that were employed in 2014 work at jobs that fall within this categorization. But what is the outlook […]

A closer look at the business, finance and administration occupation sector

| February 5, 2015

As I have done with the previous overview on the sales and service occupational sector today I am going to look at some of the biggest employers within the business, finance and administration occupational sector with a focus on one of the bigger ones. Obviously one of the biggest employers with jobs that fall within […]

Overview of the Business, Finance and Administration Occupations Sector

| February 3, 2015

As mentioned in the first part of this series the business, finance and administration occupations sector is the second biggest employer in the CMA (census metropolitan area). Approximately 30,700 of the 180,000 Victorians that were employed in 2014 work at jobs that fall within this categorization. But what is the outlook for this sector in […]

How to use YYJWorks (and how you can help me make it better)

| February 1, 2015

At the risk of stating the obvious here are some tips on how to use YYJWorks to best effect. And then I’ve got some requests about ways you can help YYJWorks become the best little local resource for any one looking for (better) work in Victoria. How to use YYJWorks if you’re looking for (better) […]

Looking deeper into the sales and service sector and a focus on The Empress

| January 29, 2015

There is no denying that the sales and service sector which is numerically Victoria’s biggest employment sector has taken a beating in the past few years. As this Globe and Mail piece on closures in Canada relates several retailers – big and not so big – have pulled out of Canada lately although the only […]