Workers more optimistic than employers about salary increases for 2008



    MONTREAL, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers in Quebec appear to be more
optimistic than their employers about salary increases for the coming year.
These are the findings of a CROP-ORHRI survey of Quebec workers and a survey
of employers conducted by eight prestigious compensation consulting firms.

    Workers expect a 3.9% increase in 2008

    According to the CROP-ORHRI survey, Quebec workers expect an average 3.9%
increase in 2008. When broken down by gender, this percentage climbs to 4.4%
for men, compared to only 3.3% for women.
    "Women's more pessimistic expectations seem closer to reality. In the
same survey, women reported a 2.8% increase in 2007, versus 4% for their male
co-workers. These figures show that despite the progress made, there's still
some way to go before men and women achieve parity in the workplace. And
that's true for both their position in the organizational hierarchy and
overall working conditions," commented Alain Desgagné, CIRC and chair of the
ORHRI board.
    The survey also revealed that 13% of respondents don't expect any change
next year, while 10% hope for an increase of 10% or more.

    Quebec employers prepared to consider an increase of 3.1%

    In a study conducted for the Order by eight compensation consulting
firms, Quebec employers said they would be prepared to agree to a 3.1%
increase next year, a figure somewhat lower than the Canadian average of 3.5%.
    In Quebec, technical and administrative employees in the IT and media
industries are likely to come out on top next year with a 3.7% increase, while
unionized hourly rate workers in all sectors can expect to see the lowest
increase at only 2.7%.

    Work: primarily a source of personal satisfaction

    According to the CROP-ORHRI survey, some seven out of ten workers (68%)
view their workplace primarily as a source of personal satisfaction rather
than a source of income.
    What's more, when asked what they considered to be the two most important
aspects of their job, the opportunity to achieve professional/personal life
balance topped the list at 34%. Pay and the possibility of using their
creative potential tied for second place at 30%, followed by autonomy and
recognition from their employer at 25% and 21% respectively.
    Nonetheless, when asked to rank their job expectations on a scale of one
to ten, respondents gave salary a rating of 7.9.
    "Obviously salary remains important. But the survey's findings show that
above and beyond compensation, workers are looking for a workplace that will
allow them to maintain a healthy balance between their professional and
personal lives, use their skills and be recognized by their employer," added
Mr. Desgagné.

    Highlights

    Salary increases in 2007 and expected increases in 2008 - Findings of the
    CROP-ORHRI survey

    
    Average increases (in %)
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    Gender          Expected increase in 2008     Increase received in 2007
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    All workers                 3.9%                          3.4%
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    Men                         4.4%                          4.0%
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    Women                       3.3%                          2.8%
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    By % category
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    Categories -    Expected increase in 2008 -   Increase received in 2007 -
    % increase              % of workers                  % of workers
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    None                         13%                           24%
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    Less than 1%                  2%                            3%
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    1 to 2.9%                    30%                           25%
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    3 to 4.9%                    16%                           13%
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    5 to 9.9%                    13%                           12%
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    10% or more                  10%                           10%
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    Don't know /
     No answer                   15%                           13%
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    Projected salary increases - Findings of a survey of Quebec employers
    conducted by eight compensation consulting firms for ORHRI

    Percentage increase projected by employers
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    Industry                       Senior       Managers       Technical and
     sector                      executives        and        administrative
                                     (1)      professionals       employees
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    Manufacturing
     (durable and non-
     durable goods)(2)              3.4%           3.3%             3.1%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Retail sales, wholesale
     and distribution               3.3%           3.1%             3.1%
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    Financial institutions,
     insurance and real estate      3.5%           3.4%             3.4%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Information technology
     and media(1)                   3.3%           3.3%             3.7%(1)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Other private sectors           3.4%           3.4%             3.2%
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    Public/parapublic/municipal
     sector                         2.9%           2.9%             3.0%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Average by employee
     category                      3.31%(1)       3.25%            3.26%
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    Industry sector               Unionized    Non-unionized    Industry
                                 hourly rate    hourly rate      average
                                employees(2)     employees
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    Manufacturing
     (durable and non-
     durable goods)(2)              2.4%           2.6%            2.94%(2)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Retail sales, wholesale
     and distribution               2.6%           2.8%            3.01%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Financial institutions,
     insurance and real estate      3.0%           3.3%            3.31%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Information technology
     and media(1)                   N/A.           3.3%            3.43%(1)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Other private sectors           2.0%(2)        3.5%            3.12%
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    Public/parapublic/municipal
     sector                         3.3%           N/A.            3.04%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Average by employee
     category                      2.67%(2)       3.10%
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    Legend:
    (1) Highest increases
    (2) Lowest increases

    Note: This survey presents the salary projections of employers surveyed by
the following compensation firms: Saucier Consulting, Hay Group, Morneau
Sobeco, Aon Consulting, Mercer, Watson Wyatt, Hewitt and Normandin Beaudry,
and Towers Perrin.

    To learn more...

    The results of this CROP-ORHRI survey and the findings of the employers'
survey are available at www.orhri.org/presse (In French only).

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of over 8,000 dynamic professionals,
including 6,500 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized by the
Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human resources
professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active in all
sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia, consulting
firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human resources
management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional
development.
    




For further information:

For further information: Caroline Benarrous, Coordinator, Event
organization and communications, (514) 879-1636 ext. 224,
c.benarrous@orhri.org

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