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Are you patient?

Last week, I attended a series of economic lectures targeted specifically towards our industry. All stakeholders agreed that growth was indeed there, albeit slow growth, but steady. If you don't feel the effects of the recovery now, that might be because we're in a psychological recession, a common phenomenon after a major economic crash. Basically, the recovery is not moving fast enough to meet the high-expectations created by the first signs of it. The same can be said when it comes to salary; slow but steady growth and certainly not fast enough.
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Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek



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Codes and Standards

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