Industry Focus: Business, Building and Other Support Services

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Industry Focus: Business, Building and Other Support Services

Much of NWPB’s work focuses on the state of the labour force and related indicators throughout Niagara. Given this, NWPB features monthly blog posts highlighting information about industries in Niagara. The focus for this month is business, building and other support services. Employment data for industries are obtained from the Labour Force Survey, which focuses on the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). As a result, these data do not include Grimsby or West Lincoln. For additional information on employment in Grimsby and West Lincoln please review our municipal snapshot documents.

Results from the Labour Force Survey indicate that approximately 11,500 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in business, building and other support services throughout 2018.

Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in business, building and other support services. While this industry saw employment dips in 2016 and 2017, it saw a subsequent increase in 2018. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all Niagara residents employed in business, building and other support services.

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Business, Building and Other Support Services, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Business, Building and Other Support Services, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas 



Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Business, Building and Other Support Services Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Business, Building and Other Support Services Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas



While data from Statistics Canada report on the number of people living in Niagara who work within a given industry, data from Table 1 provide a count of the number of jobs in business, building and other support services in Niagara. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities. Table 1 outlines the number of jobs and average annual income per job in business, building and other support services between 2014 and 2018. Overall, the number of jobs between 2014 and 2018 in Niagara increased by 5.7% or 566 jobs.



Table 1. Number of Jobs Average Annual Income per Job in Business, Building and Other Support Services, 2014-2018, Niagara

Industry 2014 Jobs 2015 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2017 Jobs 2018 Jobs Avg. Annual Income Per Job
Business, building and other support services 9,869 9,707 10,093 10,120 10,435 $33,902

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees



Table 2 dives deeper into business, building and other support services to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.



Table 2. Top 10 Occupations within the Business, Building and Other Support Services Industry, 2018, Niagara

Description Employed in Industry (2018) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2018) Median Hourly Wages
Other customer and information services representatives 845 8.1% $17.04
Security guards and related security service occupations 686 6.6% $14.75
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents 565 5.4% $18.18
Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers 521 5.0% $15.20
Light duty cleaners 516 4.9% $14.04
Customer and information services supervisors 323 3.1% $23.05
User support technicians 311 3.0% $24.79
Other sales related occupations 224 2.1% $14.18
Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers 204 2.0% $21.11
Transport truck drivers 194 1.9% $21.27

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees



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