Construction trades labourers

Construction trades labourers

NOC
7611

- Construction trades helpers and labourers

Assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Limited
Limited

3 Year Job Openings

309
 

Median Hourly Wage

$16.00
$13.00
Low
$22.00
High

Median Salary

$22,526
 

Typically Required

On-the-job training

Employed

4,054
 

% Working Full Time

90%
 

% Working Full Year

29%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines. They are employed by construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators.

Main Duties

Construction trades helpers and labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Load and unload construction materials, and move materials to work areas
  • Erect and dismantle concrete forms, scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades required at construction sites
  • Mix, pour and spread materials such as concrete and asphalt
  • Assist tradespersons such as carpenters, bricklayers, cement finishers, roofers and glaziers in construction activities
  • Assist heavy equipment operators to secure special attachments to equipment, signal operators to guide them in moving equipment and provide assistance in other activities
  • Assist in aligning pipes and perform related activities during oil and gas pipeline construction
  • Assist in drilling and blasting rock at construction sites
  • Assist miners in excavating and in setting up and operating various drills and other surface mining machinery
  • Level earth to fine grade specifications using rake and shovel
  • Assist in demolishing buildings using prying bars and other tools, and sort, clean and pile salvaged materials
  • Remove rubble and other debris at construction sites using rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other equipment
  • Operate pneumatic hammers, vibrators and tampers as directed
  • Tend or feed machines or equipment used in construction such as mixers, compressors and pumps
  • Clean up chemical spills and other contaminants, and remove asbestos and other hazardous materials
  • Oil and grease hoists and similar equipment
  • Direct traffic at or near construction sites
  • Perform other activities at construction sites, as directed.

Also Known As

  • asphalt spreader
  • bricklayer helper
  • carpenter helper
  • concrete mixer helper
  • concrete paving labourer
  • construction helper
  • construction labourer
  • demolition worker
  • driller helper - surface mining
  • drywall sander
  • excavation labourer
  • flagman/woman
  • glazier helper
  • pipeline mandrel operator
  • plumber helper
  • roofer helper
  • stabber - pipeline construction
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Some experience as a general construction labourer may be required for construction trade helpers.
  • Some pipeline workers, such as stabbers, mandrel operators and pre-heater tenders, usually require one season of experience in oil and gas pipeline construction.
  • Flagmen/women may require a traffic control certificate.
  • Trade certification for construction craft worker is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified construction craft workers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

6.6%
Female
93.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

14.1%
15-24
16.7%
25-34
17.6%
35-44
27.7%
45-54
21.4%
55-64
2.6%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

27.9%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
41.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
16.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
12.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
1.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

74.4%
Construction
7.0%
Manufacturing
3.1%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
15.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

23.80%
Northeast
24.40%
Southeast
25.10%
Southwest
15.00%
Central
11.70%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$32,676
Northeast
$26,659
Southeast
$30,327
Southwest
$25,932
Central
$23,825
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$16.00
$12.50
Low
$24.00
High

Southeast

$15.00
$13.00
Low
$21.00
High

Southwest

$17.00
$12.50
Low
$24.48
High

Central

$16.00
$14.00
Low
$21.36
High

Northwest

$16.00
$14.00
Low
$21.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$22,526

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$40,182

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$22,526

Newfoundland

$37,140

Prince Edward Island

$17,226

Nova Scotia

$24,058

Canada

$29,488
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

309
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-155
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

464
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

1,327
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-158
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

1,484