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As provincial policies continue to shift, we stand firm in our mission to elevate Alberta’s open shop construction industry. Our mission is to develop a regulatory and business environment that not only supports open shop principles, but a spirit of open and transparency in the construction industry as well.
Merit performs three different wage and benefit surveys for its members. Conducted annually, these surveys are intended to be used as a management tool to capture information about average wages and benefits in the open shop construction industry.
Conducted semi-annually in January and June, the Trades Wage and Benefit Survey examines 22 different trades, then reports the minimum, average and maximum wages for each trade per Northern and Southern Alberta. These trades include:
Merit also reports on data regarding benefits, pension/retirement, statutory and vacation pay, hours and overtime, and expected wage increases. Summaries for the Trades survey are released to Merit members in the first week of March and August every year, free of charge.
Conducted annually in April, this survey gathers information for seven different office and salaried staff positions in the construction industry. Once analyzed, Merit reports on the minimum, average and maximum salary for the following positions:
The Office survey also details the average planned salary increase in the year and determining factors for the increase; the amount of bonus provided for each position; vacation entitlement; employer’s contribution for Benefit and Retirement Programs; and provision of company vehicle and vehicle allowances for each of the seven positions. This summary is released annually to all members for free in the first week of May.
Conducted annually in May, the Heavy Construction/Road Builders Survey requests wage and benefit information for:
Other than the minimum, average and maximum hourly wages, the summary also provides data on employer contributions for benefits and retirement programs; statutory holiday and vacation pay; weekly regular hours, including overtime and the overtime rate; and bonuses and planned wage increases. This report is released to all members each year in the first week of June, free of charge.