Public Sector Compensation Base

The Public Sector Compensation Base contains a list of sectors and sub-sectors encompassed by the Public Sector Employers Act, including:

  • Estimated number of full-time equivalent positions (FTE)
  • Number of people employed in each sector (headcount)
  • Total labour costs, which include:  
    • Employer paid wages
    • Benefits and statutory benefits

The data is collected by surveying organizations annually, occasionally updates are provided between surveys.

Public Sector Compensation Base 
(total compensation base = 26.7 billion)

Public Sector Compensation Base Donut Diagram 

Data for Chart: Health - $13.4 B (50%) ; Education (K-12) - $4.8 B (18%); Public Service - $2.5 B (9%); Universities - $2.1 B (8%); Crown Corporations - $2.0 B (8%); Colleges and Institutes - $1.2 B (4%); Community Social Services - $0.7 B (3%); Total Compensation Base - $26.7 B

Public Sector Employee Headcount
(number of people employed in each sector)

 Public Sector Employee Headcount Donut Diagram

Data for Chart - Health - 168,409 (44%); Education (K-12) - 81,137 (21%); Public Service – 32,493 (8%); Universities - 33,851 (9%); Crown Corporations - 21,127 (6%); Colleges and Institutes - 30,014 (8%); Community Social Services - 16,496 (4%); Total Headcount - 384,000

Public Sector Compensation Base Open Data

The Public Sector Compensation Base Open Data Field Definitions (PDF) and the Public Sector Compensation Base Open Data contain a list of all organizations encompassed by the Public Sector Employers Act, including estimated number of full-time equivalent positions (FTE), number of people employed in each sector (headcount) and total labour costs. Total labour costs include employer paid wages, benefits and statutory benefits. The data is collected by surveying the organizations prior to a major collective agreement bargaining cycle and updated periodically to reflect changes reported by the organizations. By downloading this dataset, you agree to the terms and conditions of the Open Government License – British Columbia.

More information on Open Data is available on DataBC.