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Canadian Foodservice Wages Jump 9% in 2007



The number of hours worked per week did not increase, the association said, meaning that weekly earnings rose primarily as a result of higher hourly wages, boosted by labor shortages and minimum wage hikes across the country.

With the demand for foodservice workers outpacing supply, the average weekly earnings in Alberta jumped 12.5% in the first eight months of 2007. Labor shortages also lifted the average weekly foodservice earnings in B.C by 9.3% and in Saskatchewan by 7.6%.

In Ontario, the average weekly earnings for foodservice workers rose 8.2% in the first eight months of 2007, due in part to a 3.2% increase in the minimum wage on Feb. 1.

After lagging the rest of Canada in previous years, the average weekly earnings for foodservice workers in Quebec jumped 11.2% in the first eight months of 2007

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