20 jobs that have the biggest gender wage gaps in Canada - Macleans.ca

20 jobs that have the biggest gender wage gaps in Canada

The occupation with the highest wage gap may surprise you


These are some of the professions in Canada that have the highest pay gap between men and women in terms of average weekly wages. Note that these only reflect the pay gap in full-time jobs where there are enough men and women working in them to meet the StatsCan’s privacy protection cut off. StatsCan tracks about 500 occupations in total, but these 20 jobs are drawn from the list of 270 jobs where public information is available.

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20 jobs that have the biggest gender wage gaps in Canada

  1. I don’t understand this slideshow. What does the pay reflect? Pay per week/bi-weekly?

  2. Managers in publishing #3? Ok Rogers — start publishing your numbers.

  3. In a nutshell, it’s my belief that those groups paid less are paid less because the market can get away with it. The reasons are a lack of decent work place legislation that protects workers, resulting in those most at greatest risk paying the highest price for this lack of government interest. From what I’ve seen over a career that spanned many years, and many different companies and situations, is that pay inequity extends into all sorts of areas not as yet explored as well. For example, I’ve noticed that family men and women get paid less than single people doing the same work at the same experience, and get the crappy assignments more often than the singles. Why? Because the employer can’t get away with that with the more mobile singles, so the family people get stuck with the dross. Similarly, I never got a pay raise related to increased experience, productivity, capability. I always had to change employers to get paid what I believe I deserved, and I did. But that was very hard, with new employers attempting to reset holiday and benefit levels back to newbie levels with each change etc. There was a lot of hard negotiation that took place. I also let my employers know by my everyday actions that I expected pay for performance, by letting them know without actually saying anything, that I was in a position to vote with my feet and would do so if need be. They also knew I’d be gone if I started getting the crappy jobs, or got the runaround. And I think that all had a lot to do with getting paid properly and being treated with due respect most of the time. While I support all efforts at pay equity, as the article points out, the track record for pay equity is not good, since it relies of government action (an oxymoron if there ever was one). One of the reasons for the lack of government action in my opinion is that our major political parties are beholden to the Canadian establishment who are the movers and shakers behind those 20 worst cases of pay inequity noted in the article. I advise those who believe they are not paid/respected equally, to change jobs and make the reason for leaving clear. That’s not easy in this market I know, and especially if you’re a member of one of those groups at risk, but you have to do it for your own sake, and you’ll feel better for doing it because you’ve taken some action and your not just laying on your back and taking it and waiting for government to do something. Even if the improvement of a change is only marginal at best, it’s still better in the end I believe. That’s tough love, but that’s life. So, get out there and kick ass! But continue to support pay equity too, maybe its time really has come. That would be nice, but……. You get the idea.

  4. too bad Macleans didn’t spring for the male editor on this piece. It would have been worth the extra 28.5%

  5. There are lies, big fat lies, and statistics. What I want to know is how exactly these wages are calculated. Unless underlying methods are published and can be openly scrutinized, the numbers are meaningless.

  6. I hate these slide shows. Correction, I HATE THESE SLIDE SHOWS. I get it, you’re using it to push advertising to generate revenue, but that doesn’t make them any less distasteful.

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