Job prospects Harvest Hand near London (ON)

Explore current and future job prospects for Harvesting labourers near London (ON). These trends also apply to people working as a harvest hand.

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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

Job prospects

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Prospects over the next 3 years
Good Good

The employment outlook will be good for Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611) in the London region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

The London region forms part of the agricultural heartland in southern Ontario and accounts for about 11.0% of all farms and about 7.0% of all greenhouses, nurseries, and floriculture producers in the province. This economic region has one of the largest agricultural workforces in Ontario. The Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin areas all have a significant number of farms with Middlesex having one of the highest in the province. Though the number of farms fell in many parts of Ontario, it rose in Oxford and Elgin between 2011 and 2016. Meanwhile, close to one-half of all greenhouses, nurseries, and floriculture producers are in Middlesex, with sizeable numbers also in Oxford and Elgin. The number of these operations grew in Middlesex between 2011 and 2016. Most of the producers in this region are in nursery and tree production. Plans to expand a greenhouse facility in the area may help support job prospects in this field over the forecast period.

Here are some key facts about Harvesting labourers in the London region:

  • Approximately 210 people work in this occupation.
  • Harvesting labourers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152):more than 95%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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