What’s a hundred grand?

Easy, when one is employed in the public sector in Ontario:

Ten percent of province’s public employees earns more than $100k

More from Raphael Alexander:

Ontario: To Have And Have Not

Mark C.

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8 thoughts on “What’s a hundred grand?

  1. What I think is even more impressive is that over 5% of the number of people in the whole country that make more than $100k do so for the Province of Ontario.

  2. Lets have a sunshine list for federal bureaucrats. I suspect the number is much higher than 10% over 100k.
    Ottawa has always been a huge pork barrel and it is time it is uncovered.

  3. I think a good question to ask might be what percentage of people in the private sector make $100K+?
    Right now a teacher tops out somewhere around $85K. Give it a few more years until they crest the $100K mark and the numbers on the list will be huge.

  4. If it’s so easy, why not fill out an application?
    A good chunk of Ontario’s public sector is concentrated in downtown Toronto, where making $100k is not that exciting. If you want any talent at all, you have to be competitive.

  5. Dan,
    Competitive with last year, which those figures are from. Maybe even 5 years ago, when they were negotiated. Keep in mind that the economy didn’t go from plateau to decline, we hit the peak and fell off a cliff so you have to consider that upward momentum too.
    Obviously the public sector is going to lag the private sector in a downturn because of the long term nature of its contracts, and the ubiquity of unions.
    Another reason, overlooked in the anti-union frenzy, is that while widget demand has dropped across the board, everyone’s still drinking water, turning on the stove, and putting waste on the curb. 16 year olds aren’t putting off getting their drivers license and they probably aren’t getting any fewer tickets either. None of these industries has any particular sensitivity to the economy and they encompass the core of the civil service.
    This is a situation that is not only coming true now, but you could see it coming a mile away if you looked. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that there are quite a few people who switched jobs and signed contracts in the past year to better weather the mess.

  6. I’d be way more sympathetic if it weren’t for the ‘daisy chain’ of politicians and senior bureaucrats looking after their own cushy needs while at the same time grinding the rest of the hoi poloi.
    (Mind you, the public sector Unions aren’t exactly doormats either.)
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090401/health/health_paramedics_strike
    and THIS is a classic!!!
    http://bcpolyblog.blogspot.com/2006/04/bctf-to-teachers-we-make-more-than-you.html

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