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But he added that given the range of jobs that the City of Calgary hires, compensation shouldn’t necessarily fall around the median compared to others across the board.
“We’re the third-largest municipality in Canada. We’re the second-largest employer in the city,” Duckworth said.
“We have a whole host of positions where we’re actively competing with the private sector.”
The review said the City of Calgary pays more to lower-level employees, both unionized and exempt, than comparators in public and private markets. But for more senior positions, compensation is “significantly behind” the private sector.
Compensation for senior city management is also behind the private sector because city managers aren’t eligible for the same kind of bonuses and incentives.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the report shows that Calgary isn’t out of step in terms of how the city compensates employees.
“I was hoping we’d save a bunch of money with this review, but it sounds like we’ve actually been chipping away at this for a long time,” he said.
“Citizens can rest assured that the city has been managing this portion of the budget as well as we can.”
The mayor added that the report helps address what he called myths about city compensation packages.
“Certainly, as we go into an election you’re going to hear a lot of misinformation about city compensation, but at least the facts are on the table.”