Job outlook Cashier in Ontario

Job opportunities for Cashiers (NOC 6611) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a cashier.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Cashiers (NOC 6611) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

The majority of cashiers work in grocery stores and other retail establishments, but a significant number also work in restaurants. Growth in consumer spending in Ontario has helped boost retail sales, which has led to steady employment growth in the retail trade sector in recent years. Employment in grocery stores has also grown. In addition, the restaurant industry in the province has seen growth in sales, which has likely brought about employment opportunities for cashiers in this industry.

There are some factors that may have a small moderating effect on employment growth for cashiers over the forecast period. The increasing use of self-checkout machines, especially in chain retail and grocery stores, as well as the growing popularity of online shopping are expected to temper employment growth. In addition, some restaurants are also introducing self-serve kiosks.

Part-time work is common in this occupation. The prevalence of part-time work, coupled with the low educational requirements for this occupation make it particularly attractive to student and youth (aged 15-24), who comprise over half of all cashiers in Ontario. Employment in this occupation is seasonal, with more opportunities in the months leading up to the holiday season. This occupation has a high rate of turnover, which is expected to continue to generate job vacancies over the forecast period.

Opportunities will be best for individuals with experience as a cashier or in customer service. A flexible schedule, as well as a willingness to work longer hours, especially during peak retail periods, may also improve job prospects.

Here are some key facts about Cashiers in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 123,600 people work in this occupation.
  • Cashiers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 38%
    • Food and beverage stores (NAICS 445): 32%
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 22%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 26% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 74% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 43% of cashiers work all year, while 57% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 26 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of cashiers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Fair
Kingston–Pembroke Region Fair
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Fair
London Region Fair
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Good
Northeast Region Fair
Northwest Region Fair
Ottawa Region Fair
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Fair
Toronto Region Fair
Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions across Canada

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Cashiers (NOC 6611) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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