CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey 2017

The following are the key findings from the 2017 CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey

Highlights of the Report
  • The average hourly wage of dental hygienists across all provinces and territories has risen slightly each year since 2015
  • The approximate unemployment rate for dental hygienists is 1.3%, which is below the current Canadian unemployment rate of 6.5% as of June 2017
  • 92% of respondents work in clinical dental hygiene; 72% work for a single employer
  • More than three quarters (81%) of dental hygienists receive employee benefits
  • 92% of respondents have decision-making authority over implementing dental hygiene services
  • Respondents working in specialty practices work most often in periodontics (37%) or orthodontics (34%)
  • Independently practising dental hygienists continue to report high levels of satisfaction
Challenges We Face:
  • Only 44% of respondents have a written contract with their employer, and only 39% have an annual performance review
  • Younger, less experienced dental hygienists are less likely to report a salary increase
  • The most frequently reported work-related medical issue is back/neck injuries (42%); 75% of these cases have affected the respondent’s ability to work
  • The same number of respondents as 2015 (46%) state they are prevented from practising to the full scope due to provincial regulations
  • There is an increasing trend towards interprofessional collaboration, yet the majority of dental hygienists (66%) report that they have the least influence over making referrals to other health professionals
  • Independent practice owners report lack of public awareness as a key issue affecting their business
The Future:
  • 57% of respondents plan to practice more than 10 years in the profession in a clinical capacity
  • Those who report wanting a change are interested in working in community health (30%), educational institutions (24%) or in independent practice (13%)
  • 72% of respondents think their local economy will remain the same over the next year