The provincial government has increased the salaries of its top bureaucrats by an average of 7.38 percent or $14,960 to $217,758. That announcement follows the Campbell administration's controversial decision to increase the maximum payable salary range for deputy and assistant deputy ministers by 34.93 and 21.88 percent respectively. The government has refused to release the names of which deputy ministers are getting raises because those selections were made on the basis of job performance. But, for her own part, Jessica McDonald, the premier's deputy minister, "has opted not to accept any increase at this time...as a gesture to show that this was never about money." This, according to an information bulletin released by the government.
Salaries for assistant deputy ministers are also increasing an average of 20.97 percent or $27,317 to $157,608. The government isn't contemplating increasing the maximum salaries for executives below the assistant deputy level because their pay is already comparable to other provincial and federal governments - placing them between third and fifth nationally. Those executives earn a maximum of $110,315.74. That means the maximum salary gap between assistant deputy ministers and their immediate subordinates is now $84,684.26 - $35,000 or 70.44 percent higher than it was prior to last month's compensation framework adjustment.