Construction union wage rate rises in November

Composite index up compared to 2012

The country’s construction union wage rate rose 0.2 per cent in November, according to a Statistics Canada report released this week.

The composite index also increased. When weighted against November of 2012, the composite index increased by 0.8 per cent.

In October 2012, the most recent month for which data is available, a construction worker’s average hourly wage rate (excluding overtime) was $27.79. The month before that, the average hourly wage rate was $27.57 (revised from original Statistics Canada publication).

That includes construction jobs such as carpenters, crane operators, electricians, bricklayers, painters, roofers and truck drivers, among others.

Statistics Canada’s construction union wage rate index tracks monthly changes in the collective agreement hourly wage rates for 16 trades in the building construction industry in 22 metropolitan areas.

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