ERIC Number: ED102380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers in Ontario. Employment Information Series No. 7.
Hird, H. Richard
The report presents the results of a 1973-74 survey conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Labor to identify the characteristics of low-wage workers in Ontario. Its primary purpose is to discuss the survey methodology and present some of the main characteristics of low-wage earners and of the labor market. The data source was the Master Registration Form 701 E, completed by each registrant at a Canada manpower center, which recorded personal data (age, sex, and marital status) and labor market data (occupation at last job, present employment status, type of work desired, etc.). Data are tabulated and analyzed, and findings presented. Two main personal characteristics of the work force were that a clear majority were female, and that a majority were under age 25. In terms of labor force characteristics, more low-wage registrants were employed in clerical and related occupations than in any other. Service and sales occupations also reported significant numbers of low-wage earners. Over 70 percent of the low-wage registrants were employed in their last job for one year or less. Listings of regions encompassed and the manpower centers included in the survey are appended. (MW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Dept. of Labour, Toronto. Research Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada