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Earnings And Employment In Canada: Garbage, Debt Collectors Among Wage Winners

08/29/2013 08:03 EDT
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Now might be the right time to get into the garbage collecting business — or the debt collecting business.

Canada’s garbage collectors, debt collectors, call centre operators and temp agency workers are among the people seeing the biggest wage hikes in the country, according to StatsCan’s latest data on payroll employment, earnings and hours.

The agency says people in the broad business sector known as “administrative and support, waste management and remediation services” saw wage hikes of more than eight per cent, on average, in the past year.

That sector includes garbage collection and hazardous waste removal, but also includes numerous other businesses that support other businesses, such as call centres, debt collection agencies, and even janitorial and landscaping services.

Employees in these businesses are seeing much larger wage gains than the Canadian average, where earnings overall rose 2.6 per cent in the past year, StatsCan says.

And the people seeing the worst wage gains? Management, apparently (and perhaps surprisingly), which saw wages drop a steep 3.9 per cent in one year.

A word of warning about this data: Just because wages are going up in an industry doesn’t mean the industry is actually hiring. For instance, manufacturing saw wage hikes of 3.5 per cent, but total hiring was actually down one per cent on the year.

All the same, here’s the salary breakdown by industry:

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