Supply chain salaries holding the line

Latest results from Canada's largest annual supply chain survey

TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Supply chain salaries climbed 2.9 per cent in the past year as Canada's economy continues to pull out of recession. The average wage reported in the 2012 Annual Survey of the Canadian Supply Chain Professional was $85,178, up from last year's $82,800.

The gender gap has increased this year to 21.5 per cent, up from last year's disparity of 18.4 per cent, and represents the second highest gender-based salary gap recorded since 2008. That translates to a difference of $16,148 between the average salary of $91,181 for men versus $75,033 for women.

The differential between remuneration for those with a professional designation and those without continues to be significant. The average salary of respondents with an SCMP designation was $94,835 this year, representing a 13 per cent premium over those without the designation, who earned, on average, $71,198.

"On the bright side, once again the annual survey provides tangible evidence of the SCMP designation's value and the return on investment its holders receive in the labour market," says Cheryl Paradowski, president and CEO of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC). "However, it is discouraging to see the disparity between male and female earnings has increased again this year, rising 3 percentage points from the 2011 level. Hopefully by continuing to shine a light on this discrepancy in our survey results, we can begin to reverse this trend."

Other findings include:

  • All regions saw a salary increase this year. Atlantic Canada was the principal gainer with an increase from $68,700 to $75,781, followed by Quebec with an increase to $76,726 from last year's $71,700.
  • Salaries are again highest in Alberta, followed by Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
  • Those working in the natural resources sector had the highest salaries, with an average of $101,967. That's up from last year's average of $98,500.
  • Natural resources, manufacturing and education were the only sectors experiencing gains this year. Workers in the service sector, health care, government and trade/wholesale sectors all saw declines.

The online survey was conducted in June, July and August 2012 by Bramm Research Inc.. A total of 2,405 respondents from the PMAC membership and from the MM&D, PurchasingB2B and CTL readership completed the survey, which has a margin of error of +/-2.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

About PMAC

The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading, and largest, association in Canada for supply chain management professionals. With 6,500 members working across private and public sectors, PMAC is the principal source of supply chain training, education and professional development in the country, and requires all members to adhere to a Code of Ethics. Through its 10 Provincial and Territorial Institutes, PMAC grants the SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) designation, the highest achievement in the field and the mark of strategic leadership.

About PurchasingB2B

The mission of PurchasingB2B is to keep the Canadian supply chain management professional informed of the issues and developments shaping the profession as it confronts rapid technological change and plays an increasingly important role in building competitive organizations. PurchasingB2B covers management issues, sector-by-sector trends and legal issues, offering up-to-date news, expert commentary and profiles of Canadian supply chain professionals.

About MM&D

MM&D is Canada's pre-eminent supply chain management magazine with a mandate to help readers do their jobs more cost-effectively. MM&D shows readers how to improve productivity, competitiveness and profitability. MM&D's solution-oriented editorial approach covers the movement, storage and control of materials, products and information. MM&D reaches Canada's leading supply chain decision-makers.

About CTL

Canadian Transportation & Logistics is a supply chain publication, with a particular focus and emphasis on the transportation link of the manufacturing process. Content includes industry spotlights; modal updates; and features on international markets for importers and exporters. In addition to the monthly magazine, CTL produces a twice-weekly e-newsletter, and a bi-weekly web TV broadcast, 'Transportation Matters'.

SOURCE: Purchasing Management Association of Canada

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Media Contacts:

Cori Ferguson
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cferguson@pmac.ca

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Publisher | Editor-in-Chief, MM&D Magazine
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