Nearly half (49 per cent) of Canadian job postings on in February 2024 featured pay information, up from 22 per cent in early 2019, according to a report by the job search website’s Hiring Lab research centre.

The report, which extracted pay information from job postings published on the website, found among postings that included pay information in February 2024, nearly three-quarters offered wages in hourly terms, while roughly one in four included annual salaries.

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However, fewer than a quarter (21 per cent) of job postings that included pay information provided an exact level, down from approximately 40 per cent in 2019. Among postings with either exact pay or a range, the median pay difference between low and high ends of offered wages nearly doubled over five years (from 10 per cent in 2019 to 18 per cent in early 2024).

Pay ranges have also grown wider, though the change has been less dramatic, said the report, noting the median range between low and high offers rose from 21 per cent to 25 per cent in that time. Ranges tended to be wider among higher-paying occupations.

Fewer than a third of postings in several white-collar fields mentioned pay, compared to more than 60 per cent among jobs that predominantly pay by the hour.

The report also found the effects of British Columbia’s pay transparency regulations were immediately apparent on, as the share of the province’s postings with salary information jumped from 49 per cent during the third quarter of 2023 to 76 per cent as of February 2024 — 32 per cent higher than the rest of Canada.

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