Hay Group releases Canadian salary forecasts for 2010

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Hay Group's national projections for 2010
Canadian salary adjustments have decreased substantially from a year ago.

    Planned Increases for 2010

    The results from a recent Hay Group survey of Canadian employers indicate
a national average salary increase of 2.3% in 2010, which is much lower than
the 2009 forecast of 3.7% from last year's survey. This year's 2.3% forecast,
however, is identical to the 2.3% average actual salary change that
organizations realized in 2009. The 2010 forecast and the actual adjustments
of 2009 obviously reflect the impact of the recent economic downturn.
    Almost 500 Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors
provided details of their planned salary adjustments for 2010. Participants
include many of Canada's leading employers.
    "Over the past year, we've continued to experience symptoms of an overall
weaker economic outlook, which last year was partially offset by the buoyancy
of the energy sector in Alberta. The 2010 forecasts, however, do not include
that energy sector optimism, and as a result, the forecasts are noticeably
lower than those of last year", comments Karl Aboud, Director of the Hay Group
Reward Consulting Practice.
    One of the most noticeable observations in this year's survey is that 15%
of our respondents are forecasting an actual salary freeze for 2010, compared
with only 2% that forecast a freeze one year ago. In fact, the 2.3% salary
forecast increases to 2.9% without accounting for the zero percent
    Another noticeable observation is that while Saskatchewan (at 3.8%)
repeats as the province with the highest forecast, it is Newfoundland (at
3.5%) and Manitoba (at 3.0%) that have replaced Alberta (at 2.6%) as the next
highest ranked provinces. The forecast for Quebec (at 2.5%) is slightly above
the national average, while Ontario (at 2.1%) and B.C. (at 1.9%) are the only
provinces with forecasts below the national average of 2.3%.
    All provincial forecasts have decreased from a year ago, with the largest
drop shown in Alberta (at -2.3 percentage points) and B.C. (at -1.8% points).
    Mining (at 3.7%) is the sector projecting the highest average salary
increase followed by Utilities (at 3.2%) and Credit Unions, Hospitality and
Pharmaceutical (all at 3.0%). The three sectors with the lowest projections
for 2010 are Media (at 0.9%), Forestry & Paper (at 1.0%) and
Telecommunications (at 1.4%).
    Details of the survey results will be released at a series of Hay Group
breakfast briefings being held in major cities across Canada in September.

    Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders
to transform strategy into reality and to help people and organizations
realize their potential. Visit www.haygroup.com/ca

For further information:

For further information: Karl Aboud, Hay Group, (416) 815-6410, or
e-mail Karl_Aboud@haygroup.com; Anne Heber, Hay Group, (416) 815-6450, or
e-mail Anne_Heber@haygroup.com

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