Retail: With 31,935 job vacancies, employee wages rise

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Retail: With 31 935 vacancies, employee salaries rise

Retail Quebec notes a significant wage increase for all categories of positions in the retail trade.

With 31,935 vacancies in the retail trade sector in Quebec, employers are doubling down on their efforts. efforts to attract and retain their staff. Between 2016 and 2022, wages and benefits increased in all job categories in this economic sector, according to a survey by Retail Quebec.

Retail Quebec has listed the median salaries of a few benchmark jobs in 2022. For all of these benchmark jobs, salaries have increased between 22% and 39% since 2016.

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Retail Quebec concludes a significant wage increase for all categories of positions in the retail trade. E-commerce jobs are particularly well paid: the median hourly wage for an e-commerce manager is $47.97. Retail Quebec does not, however, have the data necessary to calculate the change in this salary compared to 2016.

Added to this is an improvement in benefits and working conditions. For example, more and more retailers offer a group insurance plan (82% in 2022 compared to 77% in 2016) and three out of four companies offer a pension plan.

This is partly because the retail sector is not immune to the labor shortages Canada is experiencing, especially after being heavily impacted by lockdowns to combat the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19. Employers therefore have no choice but to redouble their efforts to attract and retain their staff, it is explained.

En Indeed, 31,935 positions are vacant in the sector in Quebec. This represents about 12% of the 254,475 job vacancies in the province, across all sectors, for the second quarter of 2022, according to Statistics Canada.

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And relative to the rest of Canada, that's about 29% of the 111,090 retail job vacancies across the country in the second quarter of 2022.

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According to Manuel Champagne, General Manager of Retail Quebec, the survey helps to break down many prejudices surrounding jobs in the retail trade. The results of the survey demonstrate the improvement in salary conditions and the growing interest of retailers in working on their employee experience. If market data is any indication, retailers have taken the lead in offering significantly more than minimum wage as well as attractive competitive terms.

The survey found was carried out by Retail Quebec, a non-profit organization that brings together representatives of employers and workers in the retail sector, in collaboration with RĂ©munia, with the participation of retailers representing more than 1,550 establishments from all sub -sectors of retail trade and all regions of Quebec. This study is the result of an analysis of the salary data of 37,676 workers in the sector in Quebec.

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