Workers expect a 3.6% salary increase next year - Findings of a CROP-ORHRI survey

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec workers expect to receive an
average salary increase of 3.6% in 2009. This the finding of a CROP survey
conducted for the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI), which was released
this morning to mark the Ordre's annual meeting on compensation.

    Expectations slightly lower than in 2008

    Quebec workers' expectations for 2009 appear to be slightly lower than
they were in 2008. A CROP-ORHRI survey conducted on the same issue last year
indicated that they expected a 3.9% increase in 2008, versus 3.6% for 2009.
    This trend is more noticeable among men, who hope to receive 3.7% in 2009
(compared to 4.4% in 2008), while women expect an increase of 3.4% next year
(versus 3.3% in 2008).
    "Expectations are clearly lower this year, particularly among men. This
is most likely due to uncertainty about the stability of the Canadian economy,
given the financial crisis plaguing our neighbours to the South. Men are more
likely to work in sectors at risk like manufacturing," commented Florent
Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre president and CEO.

    Workers have no problem discussing money with their employers

    The CROP-ORHRI survey also shows that workers are comfortable discussing
their salary with their employers. In fact, 71% reported that they have no
problem raising the issue. Interestingly, almost half (45%) of the men
interviewed said they were very comfortable, compared to only 27% of the
women. "This may be partly because women are often lower down in the
organizational hierarchy. It's probably easier for executives and
professionals to talk about money. Or it may be that women are traditionally
less confident about bringing up the subject," continued Francoeur.

    Salaries considered fairly equitable

    Respondents also seem to consider their current salary to be equitable.
Almost three-quarters (74%) think their present salary is very or fairly
consistent with market salaries for an equivalent position.
    This percentage is slightly lower when it comes to the correlation
between salary and workload: 68% reported that their current salary reflects
their workload very or fairly well.

    To learn more

    Other highlights from the CROP-ORHRI survey are included in the appendix.
    The complete survey results are available at (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 close to 9,500 dynamic professionals,
including almost 7,500 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

                         CROP-ORHRI survey findings
                               Other highlights

                           Salary increases in 2008
                         Expected increases in 2009

    Average increases (%)

                               Expected increase                   Increase
    Gender                               in 2009                    in 2008
    All workers                              3.6%                       3.3%
    Men                                      3.7%                       3.5%
    Women                                    3.4%                       3.0%

    By % category

                                Expected increase                  Increase
    Categories -                        in 2009 -                 in 2008 -
    % increase                       % of workers              % of workers
    None                                       14%                       16%
    Less than 1 %                               3%                        4%
    1 to 2.9%                                  29%                       31%
    3 to 4.9%                                  22%                       17%
    5 to 9.9%                                  11%                        7%
    10% or more                                 7%                        8%
    Don't know / No answer                     15%                       17%

For further information:

For further information: Caroline Soulas, Coordinator, Event
organization and communications, (514) 879-1636, ext. 224, Cell: (514)
941-1989 (only on October 8),

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