Southern Alberta Labor Costs

Labour force wages are the single biggest operational cost for the majority of enterprise. The 2009 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey (http://www.alis.gov.ab.ca/wageinfo) covers over 400 occupations and provides information on wages and salaries for full-time and part-time employees in Alberta by occupation, geographic area and industry group. It also includes information on skill shortages in Alberta. The Survey can help a business make investment decisions and operational plans.

In general, salaries in Alberta SouthWest are below provincial average and enable enterprise competitiveness (skill set, work ethic, productivity, wages) given the Region has a rural characteristic, lies beyond the wage influence of major metropolitan areas, and has a significantly lower cost of living than major urban centres.