Public works and maintenance labourers

Public works and maintenance labourers

NOC
7621

Perform a variety of manual activities to maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and similar areas.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

83
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.00
$13.00
Low
$26.50
High

Median Salary

$30,808
 

Typically Required

On-the-job training

Employed

665
 

% Working Full Time

91%
 

% Working Full Year

64%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Public works and maintenance labourers perform a variety of labouring activities to maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and similar areas. They are employed by public works departments in all levels of government or by private contractors under contract to governments.

Main Duties

Public works and maintenance labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Clean and maintain sidewalks, streets, roads and public grounds of municipality and other areas, working as member of crew
  • Sweep debris and remove snow from streets, sidewalks, building grounds and other areas, and load snow and debris into carts or trucks
  • Shovel cement and other materials into cement mixers, spread concrete and asphalt on road surfaces using shovels, rakes and hand tampers, and perform other activities to assist in maintenance and repair of roads
  • Spread sand or salt on sidewalks for snow and ice control
  • Dig ditches and trenches using shovels and other hand tools
  • Operate jackhammers and drills to break up pavement
  • Load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment
  • Collect money from coin boxes of parking meters along established route
  • Collect and load refuse on garbage trucks
  • Assist equipment operators to secure attachments to equipment or trucks
  • Assist in routine maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Assist skilled tradespersons such as carpenters, plumbers and mechanics
  • May operate mobile sidewalk-cleaning equipment.

Also Known As

  • helper - garbage collection
  • municipal labourer
  • parking meter collector
  • public works labourer
  • road maintenance worker
  • sewer maintenance worker
  • sidewalk cleaner
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Several weeks of on-the-job training are provided.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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

Data legend

7.7%
Female
92.3%
Male
Employment by age

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

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14.8%
15-24
9.2%
25-34
21.1%
35-44
25.4%
45-54
27.5%
55-64
2.1%
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.

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18.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
53.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
8.5%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
16.2%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
3.5%
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

64.3%
Public administration
18.9%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
7.0%
Construction
9.8%
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.

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26.20%
Northeast
23.40%
Southeast
15.60%
Southwest
17.70%
Central
17.00%
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.

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$31,385
Northeast
$33,709
Southeast
$54,114
Southwest
$38,294
Central
$37,229
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

$17.00
$13.00
Low
$26.50
High
No Data Available
No Data Available

Central

$17.00
$13.00
Low
$26.50
High

Northwest

$17.00
$13.00
Low
$26.50
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

$30,808

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$47,548

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

New Brunswick

$30,808

Newfoundland

$22,915

Prince Edward Island

$13,372

Nova Scotia

$31,945

Canada

$37,933
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

83
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-11
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

94
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

279
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-15
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

296