Yukon surpasses 20-year low for gender equity among deputy ministers – Yukon News


Three shifts, hirings and departures of deputy ministers since September 2021 have resulted in a new low for the participation of women in the highest ranks of the Yukon public service.

Aja Mason, executive director of the Yukon Status of Women Council, called the situation “deeply concerning”.

Women’s participation in deputy minister circles was precariously low this year, but with the departure of Valerie Royle in September and the permanent appointment of Justin Ferbey to his old post, coupled with the appointment of Michael Hale as deputy. Additional Minister of Health, the percentage of participation of women at the top of the administrative hierarchy fell further.

At 17 percent, the ratio of female deputy ministers is lower than it was 20 years ago.

Data provided on December 23 by the Yukon Public Service Commission showed that in 2020, three out of 16 positions were filled by women. From 2005 to 2010, the number increased to four. In 2015, there were five women in 15 positions. Then 2020 fell to four out of 16, and now at the end of 2021 there are three women in the 18 Deputy Minister (DM00) positions.

If one reads the positions as a percentage of the total for each of the additional years, the figures are: 2000 – 19%, 2005 – 29%, 2010 – 27%, 2015 – 33%, 2020 – 25%.

December 2021 has the lowest rate with just 17% of deputy minister positions being women.

All deputy heads are hired by the prime minister. This means that Sandy Silver is laying off, hiring and mixing all the top officials himself. Since 2015, three additional deputy level positions have been added to the top rung of the bureaucratic ladder.

Mason says the problem with a male dominated lens at the top of the administrative hierarchy is not only that women’s issues and concerns are not reflected in decisions made by government, but also that the quality of decisions. , in general, suffers.

In other words, men’s concerns and issues tend to dominate conversations, policies, and decisions.

Salaries and bonuses

The Yukon government, while much less straightforward than many of its provincial counterparts, publishes annual salary ranges for executive positions on its website, but not by number or gender. Some provincial governments publish the data with names.

Soon to be released information for 2022 shows that a deputy minister or president of a corporation (DM00) in one of the 18 designated positions of the Government of Yukon, will earn between $ 190,000 and $ 254,000 per year.

Additionally, since deputy ministers are eligible for an annual performance bonus of up to 10%, this could mean that the most paid deputy ministers receive up to $ 280,000 per year, plus benefits. social, vacation and other allowances.

The salary gap between deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers is approximately $ 50,000 per year (46,000 at the lower level and 58,000 at the maximum level). The discretionary performance bonus for ADMs and other managers is seven percent.

Lower-level managers (MG6) in the Government of Yukon earn between $ 88,000 and $ 122,000, which is still half the annual amount of MPs.

Policy watchers and researchers across the country have kept tabs on progress on the pay gap and the percentage of female executives and deputy ministers who are female, and often cite that the gap between men and women women in the highest echelons does not appear. to be in motion. It looks like 2022 will start with the Yukon government having fewer women earning anywhere near the best wages for senior men.

Government can and should work harder to reduce the barriers women face, Mason said.

“The Yukon Territorial Government has an obligation to ensure that women are represented at multiple levels of government, not just in the lowest paid and least powerful positions,” she said.

Contact Lawrie Crawford at [email protected]


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