A new federal government survey has found that almost one in three federal workers in the country is classified as being classified as an “employee” or “employer”.
The survey, conducted by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), also found that over one-third of federal employees are earning more than $100,000 annually.
The survey of 1,058 federal workers, which was released Thursday, also found the number of people earning more money than $200,000 a year has risen by over 100,000 in the past year.
The findings, which include data from government-run payroll programs, are a stark contrast to the past decade when the federal government used to pay nearly half of all employees the minimum wage, which it now pays $11.15 an hour.
Since 2011, federal employees have been earning more on average than the provincial and territorial governments, who make up the majority of the federal workforce.
The federal government also has begun to pay at least $25,000 to employees, with the first of the payments due in March.
While the federal Government of Canada does not collect information on the wage of employees, the PSAC survey found that more than a third of employees are classified as “employees” or as being on the government payroll.
“This is a clear indicator that there are workers in our government that are earning much more than what they are earning as federal employees,” said PSA Canada CEO Chris Naleway.
“It’s a concern because it means that employees that are making less than what federal employees make should have a say in how their pay is structured.”PSAC says it has launched an investigation into the government’s pay structure.
The organization also says the pay structure needs to be reviewed.
The PSAC’s latest study also found there are more federal workers now earning more income than the previous government, which saw its minimum wage rise from $10.25 to $11 an hour in January.
The survey also found over one in five federal employees earning more pay than they were earning in 2011, and over one third of those workers were on the federal payroll.
While many federal employees were previously paid less than the federal minimum wage of $11, a new federal pay formula introduced in December 2015 meant that the government now pays employees over $20,000.
That was a decrease from the previous formula of $13.90 an hour, which the federal budget announced in February.
In addition, a majority of federal workers are currently making more than the minimum salary, which is $44,000, which has been frozen at $42,000 since 2011.
Federal workers are also earning more when compared to other provinces, with Saskatchewan and Manitoba earning the highest pay in Canada.
But, as with the provincial pay system, the federal pay system is not uniform across the country, with Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, having the lowest pay in the federation.
A spokesperson for Public Service Ontario said the province’s government paid employees $10,000 over a two-year period.
In response to the PSAT survey, Public Service Minister Brad Duguid said the federal public service will review the pay structures that are in place across the federal sector and will take action to ensure that federal employees continue to be paid fairly.
Public Service Ontario spokesperson Chris Nolte said the government will look at the PSACT survey results to see if there is any systemic issues with the pay system across the federation, but he said the review is ongoing.
PSAC is asking Canadians to contact their federal government departments to share their thoughts on how to ensure equal pay.
For more information, visit: www.psac.ca