A Widening Gap

 

Demand for highly skilled workers is increasing in all sectors across the province, and the supply of skilled workers isn’t keeping pace. Over the ten-year outlook period to 2022, demand for workers is expected to outgrow the labour force by 42,250 workers.

With an aging workforce, booming resource development and a widening gap between skilled trades supply and demand, employers in BC’s natural gas sector need a clear outlook so they have the confidence to face challenges head-on, and the knowledge required take full advantage of opportunities that lie ahead.



 

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BRITISH COLUMBIA NORTHERN BC NATURAL GAS LNG TOP 10 JOBS-IN-DEMAND

 

 

BC Statistics


Workers in the skilled trades are currently over the age of 45

The ratio of BC high school grads over the next three years that would need to enter the trades to fill BC's skilled labour shortage (about 7 times current levels)

Forecasted portion of BC population growth due to international migration within the next 20 years

Percentage of BC population that is foreign-born

Number of new Canadians who actually work in the field in which they were trained

Percentage of BC employers that characterized hiring difficulties as skills shortage

Percentage of BC employers that characterized hiring difficulties as labour shortage

Percentage of BC employers who characterized hiring difficulties as both skills and labour shortage

Percentage of BC employers who did not hire any recent immigrants over the past 5 years

Northern BC Statistics

3%
The unemployment rate in some of BC's northern regions is already less than 3%
$100B
Value of industrial projects currently slated for Northern BC
319K
Number of new construction workers required over the next seven years
(vast majority in Northern BC)
3.5%
Percentage of BC's labour force that is located in northern regions
75%
Percentage of major planned infrastructure projects in BC that will take place in Northern BC
84%
Full time employment rate in BC’s Northeast region
(as compared to 79% provincial average)
6.9%
Estimated contribution of Northern BC resource extraction to the province’s GDP
(does not include production or export processes)

Natural Gas Statistics

2nd
BC’s ranking in natural gas production (Alberta is #1)

$1.8B
amount of investment in natural gas sector in 2000

$7.1B
amount of investment in natural gas sector in 2010

3,000,000 cu ft./day
amount of BC produced natural gas (2012)

41%
amount of BC produced natural gas that is exported to the U.S.

16%
amount of BC produced natural gas that is consumed in BC

43%
amount delivered to other regions in Canada by pipeline

$1.35B
total revenue to BC’s coffers from oil and gas sector in 2009/2010

150+
number of years worth of natural gas supply remaining in BC

50
number of years natural gas has been extracted in BC to date.

250%
forecasted demand increase for natural gas in Asia from now to 2030

90%
number of BC’s natural gas workers that are based in the northeast.

86,500
current labour force in northeast and northwest regions of BC combined

13,235
number of natural gas workers employed in BC across 3 subsectors.

1/3
cost difference to build gas power plants vs. coal-fired power plants

LNG Statistics

$7B

Investments to-date by industry to acquire natural gas assets and other acquisitions to provide the foundation for the development of pipelines and LNG plants

$2B

Approximate investments to-date spent preparing for the construction of LNG infrastructure

$175B

Potential in industry investment LNG presents over next decade in BC

3

Number of LNG facilities the BC government has slated for operation by 2020

17

Number of announced LNG proposals in BC as of September 2014

100K

Job demand forecast with five LNG plants constructed between 2015 - 2024
58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs;
23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations

20K

Number of workers required in BC’s LNG sector by 2018

$1B

Estimated additional revenues annually to provincial government coffers (in 2020)

Top 10 Jobs-in-Demand

With 75% of BC’s major infrastructure projects slated for northern BC and only 3.5% of the provincial workforce calling that region “home”, competition for skilled workers is intense, especially in the North. The top 10 jobs-in-demand for BC’s natural gas sector aren’t unique – these occupations are in demand in many other resource-based industries in BC and the need for these skilled workers is set to only increase with time.

1

Steamfitters, Pipefitters and
Sprinkler System Installers:

NOC 7252

2

Transport
Truck Drivers:

NOC 7511

3

Carpenters:

NOC 7271

4

Heavy Equipment Operators:

NOC 7521

5

Purchasing Agents & Officers:

NOC 1225

6

Crane Operators:

NOC 7371

7

Contractors and Supervisors,
Oil & Gas Drilling Service:

NOC 8222

8

Oil and Gas Well Drilling
Workers & Service Operators:

NOC 8232

9

Petroleum, Gas & Chemical Process
Operators (no steam ticket required):

NOC 9232

10

Construction Millwrights &
Industrial Mechanics:

NOC 7311

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