I’ll be talking with Ian Jessop, Monday June 9, on CFAX1070. While the BC Government lays seige to public education, it seems a good time to see if all the cupboards are bare, or just the ones that might improve learning conditions in classrooms.
BC teachers claim they are paid 11th best of 13 provinces and territories. I think it is always worth comparing salaries paid in BC to those paid elsewhere so I’ve done a little comparison in other sectors. Some of the information I’ve discovered:
In 2012, almost 300 people working in local governments earned over $160,000. Using municipal populations, I calculated the number of residents for each person earning over that amount. West Vancouver’s number is worst; Surrey’s is best. The Greater Vancouver Numbers are even worse than they seem because the regional district, Metro Vancouver, and Translink have 48 people earning above $160,000.
By comparison, recent British reports revealed the UK government, serving a population 14x that of BC, has 800 public servants earning over £100,000 (equivalent to $160,000). In this province, the number of people working for government and government agencies who earn more than that threshold number almost 3,000.
There are well more than 100 senior public servants in BC earning more than the highest paid civil servant in the United Kingdom.
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