Robert Half Technology Releases 2008 Salary Guide

    Research Shows Increase in Average Starting Salaries for IT Professionals

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    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Information technology (IT) professionals in
Canada can expect starting salaries to increase an average of 3.7 per cent in
2008, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology 2008 Salary Guide.
Larger increases in base compensation are expected in high-demand segments
such as project management, applications and web development, network
management, and technical support.
    Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a
project and full-time basis. The annual salary survey is based on an in-depth
analysis of thousands of job placements managed by the company's North
American offices.
    "A competitive hiring environment, coupled with ongoing business
expansion, has increased the demand for skilled IT professionals," said Sandra
Lavoy vice-president with Robert Half Technology. "To attract top talent,
companies are increasing base compensation and offering a variety of perks to
secure candidates who are often inundated with multiple offers."
    According to the Salary Guide, applications development managers, will
see the greatest starting salary gains of any job classification in 2008, with
base compensation expected to rise 7.6 per cent, to between $87,000 and
$110,750 annually. "The demand for applications development managers has
grown, as companies continue to upgrade systems and implement new
applications. These professionals are sought after to ensure that projects
remain on schedule and that deliverables are achieved," Lavoy said.
    Messaging administrators should see starting salaries increase 6.1 per
cent, bringing them to the range of $51,000 to $65,750 annually. "Companies
growing reliant on personal handheld devices to keep staff connected with
colleagues, clients and customers has heightened the demand for messaging
administrators," Lavoy commented. "These professionals are increasingly needed
to manage the ever growing flow of information throughout corporate networks
and e-mail systems."

    Other key findings from the Robert Half Technology 2008 Salary Guide
    -   Project managers/senior consultants can expect base compensation in
        the range of $77,250 to $113,750, a gain of 6.7 per cent over 2007.
    -   Base compensation for network architects are projected to increase
        5.8 per cent next year, to a range of $75,000 to $101,750.
    -   Software developers will see average starting salaries rise 5.6 per
        cent, to the range of $55,000 to $85,250 per year.
    -   Compensation for tier 1 help desk professionals will increase 4.6 per
        cent, with starting salaries of $32,000 to $41,750 annually, on
    -   Starting salaries for business systems analysts will rise 4.5 per
        cent on average, to the range of $64,000 to $87,500 annually.

    Industries forecasting particularly strong demand for IT professionals in
2008 include oil and gas, healthcare and professional services. However,
hiring activity varies significantly by geographic region. (All salaries
listed are national averages. A regional analysis of hiring trends and
compensation variances is included in the Salary Guide.)
    Information in the Salary Guide is based on the thousands of project and
full-time placements made by Robert Half Technology staffing and recruiting
specialists in our North American offices, and exclusive research on hiring
trends conducted by Robert Half Technology. Ongoing salaries are not reported
since seniority, performance, work ethic and other hard-to-measure factors can
affect pay as individual work histories develop.
    Organizations of all sizes and industries turn to the Robert Half
Technology Salary Guide to benchmark salary levels and make better hiring

    With more than 100 locations in North America, Europe and Asia, Robert
Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for
initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration
to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers
online job search services at

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    Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-350-8143, extension 62070.

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