I also respectfully respond to Mr. Davies. “Comparing apples to apples,” SNM April 11, 2012.
I have no argument about good building inspectors being worth their weight in gold, in Sooke we have two of the best. The fact is, that good employees anywhere in the public or private sector are worth their weight in gold. However, there is only so much gold to go around, so we may have to accept silver and enjoy all the other benefits of living and working in a smaller community.
Other communities that you may compare with, have much larger economies of scale with much larger departments. This generally means that although the various job titles are the same, the jobs and working conditions can be much different.
As far as being unable to compare municipal jobs to the private sector, of course they can, by comparing jobs of similar importance and value. Your organization have often made those comparisons in the past, i.e.: “work of equal value.”
By using your argument, it would seem reasonable, that a Victoria Harbour Ferry captain should earn the same as a BC Ferry captain. After all, a boat is a boat right?