Go east young social worker! Go east!

British Columbia's ministry of children and family development has launched a national recruitment campaign to fill more than 100 child protection positions across the province. But they might have a tough time getting Albertans to apply for those jobs. According to numbers released by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union and confirmed by human resources staff at children and family development, a university graduate hired as a social worker by King Ralph Klein's government would get paid $27.90 per hour or $52,596 annually. By comparison, new recruits in this province earn $24.61 per hour or $44,951 annually. And experienced social workers in Alberta also make more - maxing out at $67,956 after seven years compared with $59,480 in British Columbia after six.

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