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Average GN salary rises to $95,984, but Inuit and women continue to earn less

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The territorial government's workforce expanded by 132 positions in 2019-20 and the average salary reached $95,984, up by $384 from 2018-19.

The Government of Nunavut's 2019-20 Public Service Annual Report reveals that regular salaries, overtime, Northern allowance, pensions, other benefits and compensation, housing allowance, bilingual bonuses and payments to the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission added up to almost $642 million.
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The average annual salary for Nunavut Inuit, who continue to comprise half of the public service, was $86,478. For non-Inuit it was $106,997.

Female employees, who comprise 65 per cent of the territorial government's staff, earned an average of $94,841 while male employees were paid $98,634 per year, on average.

"The differences between salaries can be attributed to employment categories, because Nunavut Inuit and female employees hold fewer professional and management positions than their non-Inuit and male counterparts. The GN is making every effort to ensure this imbalance is addressed through various career development training programs targeted at Inuit employees," states the 2019-20 Public Service Annual Report, which was tabled in the legislative assembly earlier this week.

In total, salaries cost the GN $418.2 million.

Overtime added another $27.2 million.

However, 1,471 of the total 5,142 GN positions were vacant as of when the report was published.

The Qikiqtaaluk region hosted the most government jobs: 3,188.5.

The Kivalliq came next at 1,189.

The Kitikmeot region offered 739.5 GN positions.

At 2,112, Iqaluit remains the community with the most territorial government jobs. Rankin Inlet was second at 526 positions.

The average length of service for public service employees was 8.6 years.

Two hundred casual employees moved to indeterminate status in 2019-20, with 101 of them being Inuit. Of 61 direct appointments, 60 were Inuit.

In 2019-20, the average time to fill a position was approximately 154 days, rising from 141 days the previous year.

The GN was named one of Canada's Top Employers for the third consecutive year, specific to young people and recent graduates.

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