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Higher wages planned in B.C.

Shortage of skilled workers remains a serious issue


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February 27, 2020 by Rob Blackstien

B.C. construction companies are expecting a slowdown in the volume of work and are braced for more skills shortages, but plan to raise workers wages according to the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association’s annual survey.

Results of the survey, announced at the Buildex Vancouver 2020 construction tradeshow, include:

  • Respondents expect to dole out a 4.8 per cent raise to workers this year and another 5.2 per cent increase in 2021;
  • Only 40 per cent of companies expect more work in 2020 than they had in 2019 — the lowest in several years;
  • 60 per cent of respondents from Interior B.C. claimed they are experiencing a shortage of workers, particularly labourers, carpenters and framers;
  • On Vancouver Island, just 24 per cent of respondents are expecting more work this year and 64 per cent are dealing with worker shortage, especially carpenters, labourers and plumbers; and
  • On the Lower Mainland, over two-thirds of companies are complaining about lack of workers.

Contractor Nation, how are things looking in the rest of the country? Are you expecting more work this year? Do you have plans to raise your worker wages? And are you dealing with worker shortages at all? Let us know what province you’re in when you respond, please.


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1 Comment » for Higher wages planned in B.C.
  1. We are a plumbing company located in Ontario, and we have been trying to hire an additional journeyman/woman since August of last year… offering higher wages than our competitors, company paid benefits and a very flexible schedule… no bites – unless you count the hundreds of resumes from India and Africa. The other plumbing companies in our area are having the same trouble we are… it is bad enough we need to revise our business plan/model if we don’t find qualified workers soon.