Sunday, October 30, 2011

BC Minimum Wage Hike This Tuesday

Minimum Wage Increases $0.75 / hr. Nov. 1

VICTORIA B.C.’s minimum wage will increase to $9.50 on Tuesday, Nov. 1, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid confirmed today.

At the same time, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers will increase to $8.75.

This is the second increase to the minimum wage this year, and follows on Premier Christy Clark’s commitment in March 2011 to increase minimum wage in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, providing more support for B.C. workers and families in every region of the province.

Non-hourly rates paid to camp leaders, live-in home support workers and resident caretakers will be adjusted at the same time in proportion to the increase in minimum wage.

Piece rates for hand-harvested crops listed in the employment standards regulation will remain unchanged pending the outcome of a review currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government. The review is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Bottom Line

How much more money does that put in the minimum wage earners pocket (before taxes) and presuming there is no loss of hours ?

Based on working a total of 40 hours per week the following calculation applies for the increase in gross earnings:

Nov. 1, 2011 - -$0 .75 x 40 hrs. = $30.00/wk = $129.00/mo. = $1548.00/yr.


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