Base Salaries for Administrative Professionals To Grow in 2008

    Those With Industry Knowledge and Advanced Skills in Greatest Demand

    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Starting salaries for administrative
professionals across the country are expected to rise an average of
4.3 per cent in 2008, according to the just-released OfficeTeam 2008 Salary
Guide. The increase is a result of continued demand for highly skilled
administrative and office support employees, business expansion, and a
competitive hiring environment.
    OfficeTeam is the world's leading staffing service specializing in the
placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. The 2008 Salary
Guide is based on an analysis of the thousands of job placements managed by
the company's North American offices.
    "To attract and retain skilled candidates, many companies are increasing
their speed to hire and offering enhanced salaries and benefits packages,"
said Lara Dodo, vice-president with OfficeTeam. "As hiring mistakes are
costly, companies remain stringent when targeting and evaluating applicants to
ensure they possess the necessary skills and experience, and are a fit for
their organizations."

    Skills and Attributes in Demand
    In addition to industry background and technical expertise, hiring
managers seek administrative professionals with strong interpersonal skills,
and who show initiative and commitment to ongoing education. Employers also
seek candidates who are multilingual and can communicate with colleagues,
vendors and customers in other countries.

    Industry Trends
    The construction, natural resources and financial services industries are
showing strong demand for administrative professionals. Since compensation
varies by geographic region, the Salary Guide provides regional variance data
to help hiring managers adjust starting salaries for specific markets.

    Other key findings from the OfficeTeam 2008 Salary Guide include:

    -   Mortgage assistants will see average starting salaries of $34,000 to
        $42,000, a 8.2 per cent increase over 2007.
    -   Senior executive assistants can expect base compensation to rise
        7.7 per cent, to the range of $46,000 to $62,500.
    -   Receptionists will see salaries in the range of $27,000 to $34,250,
        an increase of 5.2 per cent.
    -   Base compensation for project co-ordinators will increase
        4.7 per cent, to the range of $35,750 to $47,000.
    -   Average starting salaries for entry-level administrative assistants
        will increase 4.7 per cent, bringing base compensation to the range
        of $27,750 to $33,750 annually.
    -   Data entry specialists can expect starting salaries between $25,750
        and $31,250, an increase of 4.1 per cent over 2007.

    The Importance of Certification
    Professional certification and specialization can further increase base
compensation, as companies continue to seek job candidates with specific
expertise. OfficeTeam research shows employers are willing to offer an average
of 7 per cent more to candidates with designations such as Certified
Administrative Professional and Certified Professional Secretary, and an
average of 11 per cent more to those who possess the Microsoft Office
Specialist certification. Multilingual applicants can command starting
salaries as much as 16 per cent higher than candidates who speak only one
    Starting salary information in the OfficeTeam 2008 Salary Guide is based
on the thousands of job orders handled in North America each year by
OfficeTeam staffing managers. Continuing or ongoing salaries are not reported
since many factors - such as seniority, work ethic, performance and training -
impact a full-time employee's compensation as a work history develops.
    Businesses across Canada consult the OfficeTeam Salary Guide each year to
determine starting salaries for administrative staff.

    OfficeTeam, the world's leading staffing service specializing in the
placement of highly skilled administrative professionals, has more than 300
locations worldwide and offers online job search services at

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Your readers can order a free copy of the OfficeTeam 2008
Salary Guide by visiting or calling (800) 804-8367. Media
requests should be directed to Jason Chapman at (416) 350 -2010 ext 62070.

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