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Millions of Canadian workers are taking an inflation-driven pay cut, report says

Globe & Mail: 'The report said that workers with shorter tenures have pocketed larger wage gains, a sign of the upside to switching jobs in a tight market. (Employees with shorter tenures do, however, earn less on average.)


'Despite those potential benefits, the job-switching rate in Canada was 0.7 per cent in March – roughly the same as it was before the pandemic and one of many indications that a “Great Resignation” hasn’t taken place.


'Wage growth has also been sluggish in health care and education, categories in which pay is often governed by collective bargaining agreements, and after some provincial efforts to freeze or cap wages in the public sector.


'“Now is potentially the time to start to bargain up those wages,” Mr. Macdonald said.

Wage growth is showing signs of accelerating as tight hiring conditions persist. The average hourly wage rose 3.4 per cent in March from a year earlier, up from 3.1 per cent in February, according to Statistics Canada.'

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