Data Insights (Canada):

Q1 2016: Despite a Cool Oil Market, Canadian Wages Are Rising

  • Similar to the U.S., most PayScale Index measures for Canada experienced positive annual wage growth this quarter. Only one metro bucked this trend: Edmonton (-0.8 percent).

  • Vancouver leads the way for highest annual wage growth (1.5 percent) of any metro area in Canada, possibly due to the high tech presence.

  • Like Houston, the oil town of Edmonton experienced a drop in wages in Q1: quarterly wages fell 1.4 percent (the most of any Canadian metro) and annual wages fell 0.8 percent. This drop was not enough for Edmonton wages to recover from the dip in late 2015.
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Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the Canada. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.

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