Railway and Motor Transport Labourers

(NOC 7622)

in All Trades and Transportation

Railway and motor transport labourers do a variety of tasks to help track maintenance workers and railway yard workers, or motor transport operators. They work for railway transport companies and motor transport companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Railway and Motor Transport Labourers may either be working full-time or part-time hours.

The median employment income for 27% of Railway and Motor Transport Labourers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$14.60

Median

$21.83

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$18,644

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Railway and motor transport labourers do a variety of tasks to help track maintenance workers and railway yard workers, or motor transport operators. They work for railway transport companies and motor transport companies.

Job duties

Railway labourers:

  • Carry tools and equipment on push or hand car and do other duties to help railway track maintenance workers to lay, maintain and fix railway tracks.
  • Cut vegetation growth from railway tracks using scythes and mowers.
  • Check freight cars for physical damage and cleanliness.

Motor transport labourers:

  • Help truck and delivery drivers to load and unload vehicles.
  • Carry out labouring duties in warehouses.

Sample job titles

  • car checker - railway
  • delivery truck helper
  • furniture mover helper
  • mover helper
  • railway labourer
  • signal gang helper
  • swamper - truck transport
  • truck driver helper

Skills

You need good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and a mechanical ability would be helpful. You must be able to take direction and be able to carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Other considerations

Railway labourers may move to railway track maintenance workers or railway yard workers with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

75

employed in 2016

66.7%

employed full-time

13.3%

self employed

13.3%
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86.7%
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50.7

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

Cape Breton

21.4%

Halifax

14.3%

Southern

14.3%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

50.0%

Construction

50.0%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

55-64

27.0%

25-34

20.0%

15-24

13.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

40.0%

High school

N/A
26.7%

Less than high school

N/A
26.7%

Trades certificate

N/A
13.3%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
13.3%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trades certificate

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College certificate or diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor's degree

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Railway Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 901
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: (613) 567-8591
Fax: (613) 567-6726

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