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Other Services

When Albertans need something fixed, improved or looked after, they turn to the industry called "other services." The services in this industry can range from the tailor down the street to the social advocacy group with its head office in Edmonton. Barbers, car mechanics, pet groomers, and upholsterers belong to this industry.

GDP Gross Domestic Product

Gross domestic product (GDP) measures the overall size of an economy. In 2015, the other services industry made up 1.9% of Alberta's GDP. This represents no change from 2012.

Alberta’s GDP
No change from 2012
  • repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, electronic and precision equipment, commercial and industrial machinery, and personal and household goods
  • personal care services such as hair care, massage, and esthetics
  • personal services including laundry, photo finishing, pet care, and funerals
  • religious, civic, social, social advocacy, business, or professional organizations
  • organizations that award grants
  • private households that employ butlers, cooks, maids, and other services

The other services industry employed about 117,500 people in 2015.This is an increase of 3,100 jobs (2.7%) from 2013.


64,100 men worked in the industry in 2015 (up 13.9% from 2013).


53,400 women worked in the industry in 2015 (down 8.1% from 2013).

Average Wage
Other Services
Average Hourly Wage
Average Hourly Wage
  • The average 2015 hourly wage of $25.11 for the other services industry was below the provincial average of $29.02.
Industry Performance

In the 10 years following 2005, employment in this industry grew by 33,700 jobs. However, this industry is sensitive to the economy's ups and downs and the slump in oil prices beginning in 2014 affected many of its sectors, such as pet care and personal grooming services. Between 2014 and 2015, households pulled back on spending and employment levels in this industry dropped by 3.8%.

Industry Outlook

Consumer spending is expected to decline by 1.0% in 2016. Downturns often encourage consumers to keep their possessions longer, rather than purchasing new items. This may result in an increased demand for the repair and maintenance sectors. Nevertheless, Alberta's economy is forecast to slowly recover in 2017. Given continued low interest rates and Alberta's relatively high per capita income, the demand for personal services may once again cause the industry to blossom.

Industry Employment Trends

Employment in this industry is expected to grow at an average rate of 1.3% from 2015 to 2019.

OCCinfo has more information about occupations in Alberta, including details about duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook, and salary ranges. You can also find reports on region-specific information about wages, job vacancies, and hiring difficulties in this industry. Visit the Survey Analysis to learn more.

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