Economic activity in the construction industry

In 2015, there were 153,000 employees in the construction industry working on different sites in the province, a decline of 3% compared to 2014. Construction covered by Act R-20 accumulated a total of 140.4 million hours worked in 2015, down by 6%. With regard to the medium-term perspectives, the future remains interesting for the construction industry, even though a gradual drop currently seems to be the most likely scenario. By five years from now, it is expected that there will be 151,000 employees, a lower level than has been observed in recent years.

In general, job prospects remain quite good, due to healthy demand generated by high employee turnover1. For some trades, a large number of workers are available, which will fill part of the workforce needs.

Prospects will be good for surveyors, labourers, cement finishers, and divers, as demand on sites is forecast to increase for these workers, who are active mainly in the civil engineering and roadwork sector. Similarly, graduate resilient flooring layers and roofers find jobs easily after their training is completed and have good job prospects. The need for plasterers, interior systems installers, bricklayer-masons, and tile setters will result more from the high turnover of workers practising these trades.

On the other hand, the job prospects will be quite limited for some trades and occupations practised mainly in industrial construction, a sector that has seen a decline recently but should remain stable in coming years. Among these are boiler maker, millwright, and pipe welder.

1 Workers who leave the industry, at least temporarily, do so, for example, due to retirement, change of industry, or creation of companies.

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