Robert Half Predicts 3.4 Per Cent Increase in Canadian Average Starting Salaries for Professional Roles in 2016

New Salary Guides Show Salary Ranges, Hiring Trends for More Than 500 Occupations  

TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - The 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half reveal Canadian starting salaries for professional occupations are expected to increase an average of 3.4 per cent next year. Among the five fields tracked, the technology sector is projected to see the greatest pay gains, with base salaries rising an average of 5 per cent. Accounting and finance roles followed, with anticipated average compensation increases of 4 per cent. The administrative professions registered projected starting salary increases of 3.3 per cent, followed by the legal industry and the creative industry, with average base pay expected to rise 2.7 per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, in 2016.

"Attracting and maintaining skilled professionals continues to be a priority for Canadian organizations as the competition for top talent heats up," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations. "We are seeing this notably in the technology areas of big data and mobile application development, while in finance and accounting, general accounting and business analysis skills continue to be in particularly high demand."

Scileppi added "staying in touch with current salary and hiring trends enables managers to enhance retention efforts as well as make competitive job offers to professionals with in-demand skills."

When it comes to keeping the best and brightest, benchmarking compensation is essential, suggests research from Robert Half. Among more than 450 professionals polled, 71 per cent said a bigger salary would be a top factor prompting them to move to another company. The research also revealed that it would take a 23 per cent salary increase, on average, to compel employees to head for greener pastures. 

Workers were asked, "Which of the following would most persuade you to move to another company?" Their responses*:

Bigger salary


More growth opportunities


Better work-life balance


Shorter commute


Better title




*Multiple responses allowed.

Following is an overview of findings from the 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half:

Accounting and Finance   
Average starting salaries in accounting and finance are expected to rise 4 per cent next year. Steady demand persists for professionals such as business systems analysts, staff accountants and financial analysts. Individuals with advanced technology skills, designations and specialized industry experience can command even higher salary increases.

Information technology professionals' starting salaries are expected to increase 5 per cent in 2016. Firms in a variety of industries seek big data engineers, mobile applications developers and data security analysts to remain competitive, improve customer experience and keep information secure. Data scientists will see the highest starting salary increase of all the positions included in the 2016 Salary Guides, with projected starting compensation levels rising 8.5 per cent in the coming year.

Creative and Marketing 
Creative and marketing staff can expect average starting salary gains of 2.1 per cent next year. Content strategy and mobile development roles are in particularly high demand as organizations focus heavily on initiatives that enable them to connect with customers anytime and anywhere.

Administrative and Office Support 
Overall starting salaries for administrative professionals are expected to rise 3.3 per cent in the coming year. As business picks up, firms are bringing on administrative staff to keep things on track, and seek human resources workers to assist with hiring and retention. In addition, continued changes in the healthcare industry are resulting in greater demand for those in coding and customer-facing roles.

In the legal field, next year's starting salaries are anticipated to rise 2.7 per cent. Increased litigation is driving up demand for lawyers and law clerks with backgrounds in insurance defence and personal injury.

The full 2016 Salary Guides – along with salary calculators that adjust salary ranges for local markets – can be accessed at  

Robert Half has reported on salaries yearly since 1950. The company gathers data from its specialized recruiters throughout its Canadian offices to compile the Salary Guides. Information in the guides is based on the thousands of job searches, negotiations and placements managed each year by Robert Half's staffing and recruiting managers, along with the company's ongoing surveys of executives. Continuing or ongoing salaries are not reported because many external factors -- such as seniority, work ethic, job performance and training -- impact the salaries of full-time professionals as work histories develop. 

About Robert Half 
Robert Half has more than 340 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at Follow @RobertHalf_CAN on Twitter for additional workplace advice and hiring trends.

SOURCE Robert Half Canada

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