Under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, compensation, including salary, benefit, and severance amounts for government employees with base salaries or severance payments greater than the identified annual threshold, is posted online.
As is common practice, Alberta government employees are paid every two weeks. Although the average number of pay periods is 26 a year, it can change depending on how the pay periods fall during the calendar year. For example, 2015 had 27 pay periods while previous years had 26 pay periods. This should be taken into account when comparing a person’s total earnings in a particular year to their total earnings in previous years.
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Disclosure applies to Ministers' and Associate Ministers' offices and Government of Alberta departments and includes:
- deputy ministers
- senior officials appointed by an Order in Council and paid directly by the Government of Alberta
- employees within the offices of a Minister or the Premier
- employees as defined under the Government Organization Act (0.5 MB)
Contracts for the disclosure period for deputy ministers, senior officials and employees within the offices of a Minister, the Premier or within ministries are posted. Where applicable, termination agreements are also posted. Information will be updated twice a year; no later than June 30 and December 31.
The government’s public service salaries are based on a classification system that:
- allows for consistent treatment of employees who perform similar work
- provides increases within salary ranges for employees who meet performance expectations
- accounts for salaries in other jurisdictions, organizations and industries to remain competitive (which may result in out-of-range pay)
This data is also available in a number of open formats on the Alberta Open Government Portal
- Salary includes regular salary and earnings, such as acting pay, paid in that calendar year.
- Cash benefits include earnings such as overtime, vacation payout, northern allowance, vehicle allowance and lump-sum payments.
- Other non-cash benefits include government's share of all employee benefits and contributions including pension, medical and dental coverage, group life insurance and disability plans.
- Severance includes payments required by contract when employment ends.
Employees may apply to be exempted from having their compensation disclosed only if this could unduly threaten their safety. There are no other grounds for granting exemptions.