From Number Two to Number Four.
That’s the report on the average wage package in this province. The falling ranking happened in July even though the average weekly wage went up. It’s just that we didn’t go up as much as other provinces.
The biggest increases were out east. Both PEI and Ontario had sizeable bumps – about $11 more in the average weekly pay envelope. Saskatchewan posted a hike of just under $2. That move was enough to see both Newfoundland and Ontario pass us in the national ranking.
Alberta saw a considerable drop – more than $8 – but it is still generating the highest average pay in the country.
The biggest increases nationally came in the public sector with health care and social services especially strong as Ontario public servants saw one of the stronger gains. And the monthly report on pay also tracked employee levels. On this one education, social and health employers added the most workers while industries such as mining, oil and gas and forestry were reducing the size of their workforces.