Labour demand climbing

A group representing building contractors in British Columbia predicts a strong demand for labour to boost the wages of construction workers by nearly 10 per cent over the next two years.

That's the finding in the 2018 Wage and Benefits Survey released by the Independent Contractors and Business Association.

Survey respondents said they expect to give their workers a 4.5 per cent raise this year followed by another 5.1 per cent increase next year.

Wages are growing more than twice as fast as inflation, and association president Chris Gardner said that makes it increasingly difficult for companies to find skilled workers.

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