Comment 63181

By adrian (registered) | Posted May 06, 2011 at 21:15:13 in reply to Comment 63165

Unfortunately I do have to commute to Toronto for work, but if I could find a position in my field in Hamilton that paid competitively, I would take it.

Most professionals cannot find work in Hamilton that is competitive with the salaries they can make in Toronto or another larger city. This makes sense, though, since the cost of living here is correspondingly lower.

This still makes it difficult for companies here who cannot pay salaries that are competitive with Toronto. They have to get creative and appeal to other motives (e.g. the desire not to spend one's time commuting) or provide other benefits to try and make up for the salary difference.

There are still people who must, due to economic circumstances or the total absence of jobs in their chosen profession, commute long distances for work. Others, however, have simply decided that the tradeoff between time spent commuting and money earned is worth it. For me, it isn't.

I hope that more Hamiltonians, fed up with commuting, decide to start up their own companies here. Of course, some markets are extremely resistant to new entries (e.g. medical devices, telecoms, etc.) and so that doesn't work for everyone, but it could work for some.

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