Manitoba has overtaken Saskatchewan in recent years when it comes to head office jobs, Statistics Canada says.

On Thursday, the federal agency released a report on head office jobs across Canada between 2012 and 2014.

Over those two years, the number of head office jobs fell slightly in Saskatchewan, from 6,773 to 6,737. The 36 jobs represent a 0.5 per cent decline.

In Manitoba, which has a slightly bigger population than Saskatchewan, head office jobs increased from 6,728 in 2012 to 7,478 in 2014. That 750-job increase represents an 11 per cent improvement.

Alberta, home to many of Canada's oil patch head offices, also saw a growth in those jobs in the past two years: from 39,770 to 41,412. That's a 4.1 per cent increase.

Alberta has lion's share of Prairie head offices

The report says there were 95 head offices located in Saskatchewan in 2014 (the most recent year statistics were available), 108 in Manitoba and 395 in Alberta,

Discussions about boosting or retaining head office jobs has been a perennial issue in Saskatchewan politics.

In the last provincial budget, the government introduced new tax incentives it said will expand the number of full-time employees who do head office work.