Sask. employees working OT increases 60% in decade: Fraser Institute

The Saskatchewan worker's workweek keeps getting longer.
Over one in 10 workers in Saskatchewan were paid overtime in 2013. (CBC)

Saskatchewanr's workweek keeps getting longer. 

A recent study by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank, found that the number of Saskatchewan employees paid to work overtime rose by 60 per cent over the past decade.This is compared to a 3.3 per cent rise in the rest of the country.

Over one in 10 workers in Saskatchewan were paid overtime in 2013. 

The study, 'Do Labour Shortages Exist in Canada?' said that more employers are encouraging workers to delay retirement and work longer hours with more overtime. Employers prefer to pay workers for overtime rather than search for new workers, noted the study by Philip Cross, former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada. 

The study calls that strategy unsustainable because of the rapidly aging population.

Albertans worked the longest workweek, with 35.1 hours. Saskatchewan workers placed second with 34.5 hours per week. Quebec had the shortest workweek at 31.5 hours.

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