Vol. 8, Issue 2, August 8, 2019
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: How has the increased minimum wage impacted Hamilton?; Win a $50 gift card by completing the Hamilton Job Satisfaction Survey; Challenges faced by women in the not-for-profit sector
Winners and Losers: How has the increased minimum wage impacted Hamilton?
As part of our annual EmployerOne survey in January 2019 Workforce Planning Hamilton included a question on the impact of the increase in the minimum wage.

We wanted to find out if the January 2018 increase from $11.60 to $14 per hour had negative and/or positive affects for local employers.

We found that:

46% of employers stated that the minimum wage increase has affected their business operations

Top negative affects of the increase included increased prices for customers; decreased hours for staff; and postponed future hiring

Positive affects included improved job performance and productivity and decreased employee turnover.

There is no clear relationship that an increase in minimum wage has created job loss.

Is your workplace healthy or toxic?

Do you look forward to going to work each day, or is it something that you dread?

What are the factors that keep you in a job, and what tells you that it's time to move on?

WPH launched its Hamilton Job Satisfaction Survey in July and we've had a great response to date.

If you have not completed the survey please take five minutes to do so, and share your experiences with us, and with local employers.

All survey information is confidential and your name will not be attached to any of your information or comments.

You will also have a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards of your choice.

Please share with your colleagues and family and friends.
Expanding how we think about women’s economic empowerment in Canada’s non-profit sector
While 47% of Canada’s labour force consists of women workers, they make up an estimated 80% of those working in the non-profit sector across Ontario and Canada. Women in the sector, especially racialized and immigrant women, and women with disabilities, experience unequal outcomes.

In 2017, the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) embarked on a three-year project to explore women’s employment experiences in Ontario’s non-profit sector through a gender-based analysis plus lens and develop and implement solutions based on what they found.

The research clearly suggests the existence of a glass ceiling, a gender wage gap, and harassment.

Labour Force Information, Hamilton, June 2019
Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| [email protected] | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca