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For Immediate Release


July 21, 2006

Office of the Premier




VICTORIA – Today the government announced changes to deputy minister and assistant deputy minister salary ranges.


Deputy minister maximum possible compensation will move from a ranking of sixth place nationally to fifth, behind Ontario, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and the federal government.  In addition, the bonus system for deputy ministers will be eliminated.  A five per cent salary holdback component, based on performance, will be introduced for both deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers.  Total compensation for assistant deputy ministers, which presently ranks at 10th place across 13 government jurisdictions in Canada, will now move to sixth. 


A careful examination of the senior public service labour market across the country demonstrates that executive compensation in British Columbia is not keeping pace. Changes are needed to maintain B.C.’s competitiveness in recruiting and retaining the talent necessary to lead the public service.


Effective August 1, 2006, the maximum payable salary to deputy ministers will increase from $203,500 to $221,760 and from $223,850 to $243,936 for the deputy minister to the Premier.  The maximum achievable salary for assistant deputy ministers will increase from $114,492 to $160,000, though the average salary will be $130,000 per ministry. Of the 129 senior public service positions reviewed, some executives are already correctly compensated considering the labour market and will not receive any increase at this time.  Others will receive an increase based on the scope and complexity of their roles.


Deputy ministers’ compensation in British Columbia was last adjusted in 2001.  At that time, it was set at 83 per cent of federal salaries.  By 2006, it ranked 68 per cent of federal salaries.  With the new adjustments, deputy minister’ salaries would fall at about 78 per cent of their federal counterparts.  Salaries will reviewed again in four years.







Mike Morton

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier

250 213-8218


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