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BC hourly wages rising


January 1, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

REVELSTOKE, BC — Average pay for agricultural work in British Columbia rose 12% this year, the largest increase fo…

REVELSTOKE, BC — Average pay for agricultural work in British Columbia rose 12% this year, the largest increase for hourly wages tracked by the Statistics Canada labour force survey, according to Revelstoke Times Review.
The increase brings the average pay for farm work to $14.41 an hour, still the second lowest wage category surveyed. As of the end of November, the lowest average wage was $12.37 an hour for accommodation, food and beverage employees, up 4.9 per cent from last year.
The highest average wage in the survey was for hourly paid utility workers, up 4% to $29.37. Next was public administration, up 3% to $27.74 an hour. Finance and related hourly work saw the only net decline from November 2006 to November 2007, down three cents to $20.90 an hour. Professional, science and technology services were up only 119 cents to $25.16.
Forestry, fishing and mining wages in BC also rose slightly to $25.38 an hour. The average hourly construction wage was up 6.9% to $21.83.

Source: Revelstoke Times Review

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