Where are the “paid jobs” of François Legault?

On the one hand, Quebec’s prime minister is repeating his “paid jobs” mantra at $ 56,000 a year. On the other hand, the reality: 86 % of vacancies in Quebec offer a salary below that magic figure.

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By the way, where does this figure come from? “By cutting out the data, we have found that this is the average wage for the private and public sectors,” said Simon Savard, chief economist at the Institute of Quebec (IDQ).

The IDQ published a report on the question, last November 4, in order to give the right time. “The public sector must be excluded from the calculation, because wages are higher,” added Mr. Savard.

To the public, Quebecs earn an average of $ 65,000 when they work full time, against $ 53,000 in private.

And if we look at Statistics Canada figures for the second quarter of 2021, we figure that more than three jobs out of four offer salaries under this threshold. It was said that 194,000 jobs were available in Quebec alone.

Even François Legault recognizes that never, long ago, all these posts, which reached 220,000 in August, will never find a holder. “We should stop thinking that we will fill all the posts,” the prime minister said yesterday.

He once again insisted on “paid jobs.” “We have to fill the positions where there are salaries with added value, in areas of the future such as the green economy,” added François Legault.

The trick is that the majority of “paid jobs” are now – as always – in the mining industry, not exactly a flower of the green economy. Or even in the field of finance and insurance.

This is also why the IDQ, in its November 4 report, emphasizes in large part that one of the keys is the “requalification”. Mia Homsy, CEO of the Institute, has been the reporter for some time.

When it comes to job creation, it is necessary to replace the traditional criteria of supporting enterprises with conditions that would aim to further stimulate innovation and productivity, such as the enhancement of skills and the requalification of labor. -d’œuvre, plea l’IDQ.

In short, to create “paying jobs”, companies must be encouraged to help Quebecs qualify.

At Prévost, a manufacturer of aluminum doors and windows and curtains based in Richelieu, Montérégie, we find it playing hard in the world of work today.

Like everywhere else, the boss, Claude Cardin, is forced to fill factory jobs, which range from $ 15 to $ 28 an hour.

“The bearing rate is huge. For 100 people hired, we have to keep about twenty, ”he admits.

But it is not easier for better paid jobs, those of professionals such as engineers or accountants.

“There aren’t many and we’ve never seen so much violence,” he lets her fall. “There is a lot of solicitation that is happening in companies right now, it’s unbelievable. There is a surplus that comes with that, ”added the boss, speaking of salaries.

If he succeeds in obtaining these positions, “it is longer and more expensive”. Because simple post displays are no longer enough. “We have to do more with head hunters,” he sighs. Which comes with a price.

  • 56 000 $ | Annual salary for a “paid job” according to François Legault
  • 65 000 $ | Average full -time salary in the public sector
  • 53 000 $ | Average full -time salary in the private sector
  • 220 000 | Number of holiday posts in Quebec (August 2021)
  • 42 000 $ | Average salary for vacations in Québec ($ 21 an hour, 38 hours per week)
  • 86 % | Proportion of vacant posts under the bar of $ 56,000 to 2e quarter

Yes, it sounds good to talk about “paid jobs,” but the question of wages is only part of the solution to the phenomenon of labor scarcity.

This is what the Institute of Québec (IDQ) complained about in its report last November 4. This is also what six national organizations called yesterday to demand in Quebec “concrete measures to take action against labor shortage.”

As much as the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce and the Quebec Council of Chambers and Manufacturers and Exporters have also recalled that the average wage has increased over the last year in Quebec.

Unless this increase is “mainly due to a compositional effect,” according to Simon Savard, chief economist at IDQ.

“While people who earn more than the average wage have been able to continue working at home, there has been a decline in disproportionate employment among the poorly paid,” he said.

This fall in low -income employment had the effect of pushing the average salary higher.

On the other hand, an inevitable element will push average wages down over the next 10 years: population aging.

By 2031, there will be 100,000 Quebecs between the ages of 20 and 64 in the labor market.

“Many of those who leave for retirement have high salaries and many of those who start their careers have low salaries,” recalls the IDQ economist.

Which means that naturally, by the force of demographics, the average is called lower.

The “paid jobs” will therefore be fewer, unless Quebec provides the means for its ambitions.

That’s why the IDQ pleads that it should look beyond wages when it comes time to help companies.

“Training and requalification are powerful weapons to increase wages,” points out Simon Savard.


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