New Robert Half Research Identifies Canadian Positions in Demand for the Year Ahead
TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - As people look to the coming year with hopes of continued economic recovery and increased job creation, new research may hold clues as to what the most promising professional positions will be in 2011. According to the Salary Guides just released from Robert Half, 11 roles representing several fields - including accounting and finance, technology, legal and administrative - show promising increases in starting salaries and growing demand among employers.
"The common thread among the jobs highlighted in our research is that they help businesses improve efficiency and profits, and foster a more positive customer experience," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. "The most successful job candidates bring multiple skill sets, a track record of success and a strong sense of accountability to their roles."
Following is an overview of the 11 Top Jobs for 2011:
1. Performance analyst - Among nearly 130 finance and accounting
positions listed in the 2011 Salary Guide, performance analysts are
expected to see the largest jump in starting salaries. Average
starting compensation is projected to rise 5.1 per cent to the range
of $56,250 to $86,750. Many Canadian employers seek talented
professionals who can prepare portfolio, benchmark and statistical
reports; maintain and update performance databases; and evaluate
return on investment for the company.
2. Controller - Average starting salaries for controllers at midsize
companies ($50 million to $100 million in sales) are expected to
climb 4.9 per cent, to the range of $85,500 to $113,750.
Organisations are adding controllers and assistant controllers to
oversee accounting operations, enhance accounting and internal
control systems, and assist with growth initiatives.
3. Public accountant - Professionals in midsize/small firms can
anticipate a 2.2 per cent gain in base pay, to a range of $65,500 to
$84,250. Demand is consistent for staff that can perform a broad
range of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting activities.
4. ERP business analyst - Base compensation for these professionals -
who tailor enterprise resource planning software - is projected to
increase 9.3 per cent next year, to a range of $80,000 to $105,000.
ERP enables organisations of all sizes and types to improve
efficiency and cut costs. Companies need analysts who can guide
better decision-making processes in a constantly changing business
environment, help reduce costs and better evaluate internal/external
5. IT auditor - Base compensation for IT auditors - within the
consulting and systems integration segment - is projected to increase
9.1 per cent next year, to a range of $74,500 to $97,000. Employers
are seeking these professionals who make recommendations for systems
operations and process improvement, as well as develop risk-based
6. Lead application developer - As firms evaluate more complex data and
create custom applications, they require skilled developers who can
design methods for handling, processing and evaluating material. Lead
application developers can expect base compensation in the range of
$78,750 to $109,000, a gain of 7.1 per cent over 2010.
7. Lawyer - Lawyers with four to nine years of experience at midsize law
firms should see average starting salaries of $96,500 to $183,250, a
4.0 per cent increase over 2010. These firms are recruiting
experienced lawyers who can bring a significant book of business to
support their development in lucrative practice areas such as
litigation, healthcare, and corporate law.
8. Law clerk - Law clerks with four to six years of experience at
small/midsize law firms will see average starting salaries ranging
from $44,500 to $54,750, a 3.7 per cent increase over 2010
projections. Law firms seek legal support professionals with
experience in in-demand specialties who can handle a wide range of
9. Executive assistant- Starting salaries for executive assistants can
expect to see a rise of 4.9 per cent, to the range of $42,750 to
$54,000. Demand is consistent for these assistants who have strong
technical expertise, project coordination experience, and exceptional
10. Medical data entry specialist - As the healthcare field continues to
expand, organisations look for medical data entry specialists with
industry background to help store, retrieve and update files; and
analyze information. Base compensation is expected to rise 3.7 per
cent, to a range of $28,500 to $35,000.
11. Senior administrative assistant - Companies that cut support roles
during the downturn are adding back staff to help make departments
more efficient and productive. Senior administrative assistants with
advanced technical skills, specific industry expertise and staff
supervision experience are in demand, and should see starting
salaries grow 3.9 per cent, to a range of $38,000 to $48,250.
About the Robert Half 2011 Salary Guides
The new Robert Half Salary Guides include the 2011 Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance, produced by Accountemps(R), Robert Half(R) Finance and Accounting and Robert Half(R) Management Resources; the Robert Half Technology 2011 Salary Guide for technology professionals; the OfficeTeam 2011 Salary Guide for administrative positions; and the Robert Half Legal 2011 Salary Guide for legal professionals. Together, the guides contain salary data for more than 300 positions. Each guide is accompanied by an online Salary Centre, which offers current information and analysis on the employment environment, along with interactive Salary Calculators that enable users to quickly access local starting salary ranges.
Since 1950, companies have consulted the yearly guides from Robert Half to determine starting compensation levels for their employees. In addition, educational institutions and research entities have referenced the guides for the most comprehensive information on compensation and hiring. Robert Half also tracks professional hiring expectations and business confidence through it's quarterly Professional Employment Report available at www.roberthalf.ca/per.
About Robert Half International
Founded in 1948, Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, is a recognized leader in professional staffing services. The company has staffing and consulting operations in more than 400 locations worldwide. Find more information about our services at roberthalf.com, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/roberthalf.
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