Quebec administration employees are worse off than other workers in the province, reveals a report from the Institute of Statistics of Quebec (ISQ) published Thursday. This year, their salaries are around 17% behind, we learn.
Each year, the ISQ compares the remuneration of employees of the Quebec administration (which includes the public service and the education, health and social services sectors) to that of Quebec employees working in organizations with more than 200 employees, both in the private sector and in other public organizations, such as universities or municipalities.
In 2023, the exercise shows that salaries in the Quebec administration are on average 17% lower than those given elsewhere. And even when we examine the overall remuneration, that is to say we also take into account social benefits, the normal work week and vacations, that of Quebec state employees remains behind by 7%.
The ISQ thus calculates, by analyzing 75 comparable “benchmark jobs”, that the average salary of Quebec government employees is $56,096 while it is $65,435 for other Quebec employees. In terms of average overall compensation, it is equivalent to approximately $45 per hour within the public administration, compared to $48 per hour for other equivalent Quebec employees.
It is between the Quebec administration and the rest of the public sector that the gap is most pronounced. The first group lags behind the second by 22% in salaries and 23% in overall compensation. This delay is particularly pronounced in the municipal administration sector, where it reaches 36% in terms of overall remuneration.
As for the gap between the Quebec administration and the private sector, it is less marked: salaries are approximately 14% lower in the Quebec administration, but overall remuneration is essentially the same in both sectors.
The Common Front not surprised by the situation
The public sector inter-union common front believes that this report proves that “salary catch-up is urgent” in the Quebec administration. “In the current context, our networks must be attractive. The objective of negotiation is to attract and retain staff. As we know that our world is leaving for other sectors with more advantageous conditions – at the municipal, federal and large unionized companies, in particular – we expect the government to behave like an employer of choice and “Inspires the best,” he commented.
The Canadian Press
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