Dear Employers

I had a job interview today and the salary the company is offering for the position is $40,000/year.

It costs $2,000 a month (before utilities) to live in a closet-sized studio apartment in Toronto.

Let’s say that utilities (heat, water, electric and internet) is $300/month (and that’s a low-end guess). $300/month x 12 months = $3,600 per year.

At this point, someone who lives in Toronto is paying a BARE MINIMUM of $23,600 annually if they accept your job. That is more than 50% of the $40,000 salary you offer… just to be able to exist in Toronto. That doesn’t include groceries. That doesn’t include paying for a cell phone. That doesn’t include transit to-and-from the office you require your employees to be at.

It’s absolutely ridiculous that you, as an employer, think that’s an acceptable salary to pay someone – anyone – to live and work in Toronto $40,000 annually, let alone someone with more than a decade of experience.

It is time that you value your employee’s worth, not your CEO’s profit margin. While you’re at it, how about you acknowledge the cost of living. Acknowledge the skills, time and understanding it takes to work in this industry. While you’re at it, let’s stop assuming that every person on this earth has a significant other, or a family member, who they can share expenses with. Some of us are just single. Some of us just want to make enough to be able to support ourselves. Some of us just want to be treated fairly.

Suffice to say, that job isn’t for me.

End rant.

14 thoughts on “Dear Employers

  1. I was just wondering how the first interview went. Now I know. Hang in there. Somewhere there is a job for you, one with good people all around, with a fair salary, and , most importantly, will be intellectually stimulating and satisfying, and make use of your skills. I truly believe this.

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  2. Keep on insisting you receive your worth. Here in the U.S. employers are having to take a hard look at themselves because of the lack of employees. I don’t know where everyone has disappear to but I do know the restaurant industry is in crisis. Without employees they cannot operate and that is exactly what is happening. 24-hour restaurants are having to close their doors at 10pm. Are the employers really looking at themselves yet? I can’t say but I can say it is necessary because folks here in the U.S. don’t seem to be tolerating low wages anymore. Unfortunately I am not one who has much choice because my car note will not pay itself. The restaurant industry is nothing like it was and I don’t foresee it going back. Fingers crossed it moves forward compensating it’s employees. We shall see.

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  3. You know you’re late stage capitalism when you have to explain how living single isn’t affordable and things are now so that you can only scrape by when you have a partner. And that’s with highly skilled jobs.

    You’re dead right, my friend was saying how all her friends have partners and how much easier that makes things.

    This also sets up a really scary dependence once you’re in a relationship.

    Animal farm has never been more true. The game is rigged and not worth it. People should demand more and not accept it.

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  4. I’m having much the same problem. In my current job I’m grossly underpaid. And in looking for a new one I’ve found that most jobs in this area are grossly underpaid. I have a masters degree for crying out loud. I should not be making $40k in an entry level role. Good luck, friend. My thoughts are with you.

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  5. In a place like Toronto, this is ridiculous. It’s as if they assume that there’s multiple ppl under one household in order for $40,000 to per year to even make sense or be the slightest bit feasible.

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  6. You are absolutely right on all points – it is ridiculous.
    Taking into account the cost of living (plus utilities) and global inflation, it is not realistic nor feasible. And (at least in my country) income taxes/resident taxes/social insurance are immediately deducted from the salary (and this is before utilities, home loan/rents etc). (I too have had to work some grossly underpaid roles, and can relate to fighting for “my worth” in my own job search. As you can relate, being a women, it is challenging given the double standards in the corporate world, where something simple as asking for market worth is immediately labels you as greedy, etc.)

    Sorry for the rant. I am hoping the other job interviews are much more promising and that the employers are brave enough to acknowledge the value you bring to them! You have my continued support!

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