Job prospects Cook near Longueuil (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Cooks near Longueuil (QC). These trends also apply to people working as a cook.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

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Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Cooks (NOC 6322) in the Montérégie region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Opportunities will be accessible primarily to experienced cooks and graduates of professional training programs. The completion of a vocational training program in cooking is an important asset. The qualities and competencies most in demand by employers are creativity, leadership, autonomy, teamwork abilities, a sense of priorities and responsibilities, as well as attention to detail and cleanliness.

Employment dynamics in this occupation depend on the trends affecting the food services sector. This industry is characterized by a very competitive business environment with low profit margins, resulting in a particularly large business turnover. Despite the increase in household income and their discretionary spending budget, the amount spent on meals in restaurants has not really increased. The food services industry also has to compete with retail trade, which is diversifying its service offering with the delivery of ready-to-cook meals and opening fast food outlets. However, population aging, the increase in single-person households, the high participation of women in the labour market and the improvement of tourism opportunities in Québec could benefit this occupation in the longer term.

Here are some key facts about Cooks in the Montérégie region:

  • Approximately 10,250 people work in this occupation.
  • Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Accommodation and food services (NAICS 72): 70%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 15%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 6%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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