Job quality in decline: Report

Job gains continue to be low-paying, part time; middle-income earners see little growth
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2017

The quality of Canadian employment continues to trend downward, with no change in sight for 2017, according to a CIBC report.

Over the last 20 years, the majority of jobs created across the country have been low-paying and part time. In addition, while workers at the low end of the wage spectrum have experienced gains due to government policy changes in terms of minimum wage increases, middle-income earners have seen little to no growth, said the report.

“The main story is that every year, if you go back through the past 20 years, the share of people making less than average went up,” said Toronto-based CIBC economist Benjamin Tal, author of the report On the Quality of Employment in Canada. “So the quality of employment is going down because more people are making less than average. That’s a reflection of low-quality jobs and a higher income equality gap.”