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N.W.T deputy HR minister axed; Feds on a hiring spree; Quebec raises minimum wage; Manitoba to protect foreign workers; 1 in 4 young workers overqualified: Report

N.W.T deputy HR minister axed

Yellowknife — The official in charge of centralizing personnel services in the Northwest Territories government has been let go. Deputy Minister of Human Resources Lynn Elkin, a 17-year veteran of the territorial government, told the CBC it was Premier Floyd Roland who showed her the door. The department was founded in 2006 but has faced several challenges, including glitches with its main personnel computer system last year.

Feds on a hiring spree

Ottawa — The federal government hired 4,000 college and university graduates into full-time jobs last year and plans to continue aggressively recruiting young candidates as the public service prepares for record retirements in the next five to seven years, according to a report by the privy council clerk. The recruitment drive is an effort to move departments away from over-reliance on casual and term employees. With another 4,000 new graduates expected to be recruited this year, the initiative is the largest recruitment of youth since the 1970s.

Quebec raises minimum wage

Quebec — The general minimum wage in Quebec has increased from $8 an hour to $8.50, as of May 1. The rate for employees who receive tips or gratuities rose from $7.25 an hour to $7.75 and the rate for employees in some sectors of the clothing industry rose from $8.25 to $8.50.

Manitoba to protect foreign workers

Winnipeg — Manitoba has tabled a bill to require employers to register with the province when they want to bring workers to Manitoba. They will also have to pay any fees associated with the recruiters, so foreign workers would be protected from shady agencies that charge thousands of dollars without any guarantee of a job or work permit.

1 in 4 young workers overqualified: Report

Ottawa — Nearly one-quarter (23.7 per cent) of young Canadians under 25 are working at low-paying jobs beneath their skill level, according to a Canadian Policy Research Networks study. The report also found the number of low-wage workers (earning less than $10 an hour) has increased from 17.5 per cent in 2000 to 19.5 per cent in 2005.

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