Temp jobs outpacing permanent jobs – Stats Canada

Women more likely than men to hold temporary position

The face of employment in Canada has changed drastically in the last 20 years.

Stats Canada says the number of temporary workers has grown by 50 percent since 1998 – from 1.4 million people to 2.1 million in 2018.
2.1 million people working temp jobs by 2018. The number of permanent employees rose just 33 percent in that time.

“The proportion of term or contract employees increased from 46 percent to 53 percent of all temporary employees.” 

– StatsCanada

Women, the agency says, are more likely than men to hold a temporary position, and most likely in the education, health care, and social assistance fields.

Temporary workers typically earn less than their permanent counterparts, an average of $21.80 an hour in 2018, compared with $27.71 for permanent employees.