Robert Half Releases 2014 Salary Guides

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Guides Forecast Average Salary Ranges, Positions and Skills in Demand Next Year

TORONTO , Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The 2014 Salary Guides from Robert Half have just been released and they show that Canadian starting salaries for professional occupations are projected to increase an average of 4 per cent next year. Technology positions are expected to see the largest gains among all fields researched, with an anticipated 5.5 per cent increase in the average salary for newly hired workers. Accounting and finance professionals can expect starting salaries to rise an average of 3.2 per cent, according to the research.

"In today's competitive market, there is an increasing trend toward hiring professionals who have the specialized skills required to help companies successfully achieve their business goals," said Greg Scileppi , president of Robert Half , International Staffing Operations. " Robert Half's annual salary guides are developed with businesses in mind; giving hiring managers access to the resources they need to make smart hiring decisions, like the latest compensation trends, as well as advice for attracting and retaining top performers."

Following is an overview of findings from the 2014 Salary Guides:

Accounting and Finance
The average starting salary for a newly hired accounting and finance professional in Canada is forecast to rise 3.2 per cent next year. Financial and business systems analysts are in demand. The market for senior accountants and cost accountants has also strengthened.

Technology 
Overall, base compensation for information technology professionals in Canada is expected to increase 5.5 per cent in the coming year. Mobile applications and software developers are in particularly strong demand. Business intelligence analysts also can expect to see higher than average salary increases.

Administrative and Office Support
Overall starting salaries for administrative professionals in Canada are expected to rise 3.2 per cent in 2014. Executive and administrative assistants and customer service managers are in particular demand while support staff is needed within the human resources industry.

About the 2014 Salary Guides
The newly released Salary Guides include:

All of the guides can be accessed at www.roberthalf.com/salary-guides. A salary calculator for each profession can be used to determine average starting salaries in hundreds of local markets and also can be accessed via the links to the Salary Guides above.

Since 1950, Robert Half has produced Salary Guides to offer business owners, hiring managers and professionals salary information for their geographic areas and insight into the latest employment trends. Companies consult the annual guides to determine appropriate starting compensation for accounting and finance, technology and administrative professionals at all levels.

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 345 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at www.roberthalf.ca. Follow Robert Half on Twitter at twitter.com/RobertHalf_CAN, and gain insights on the latest financial hiring and salary trends at www.roberthalf.ca/salarycentre

SOURCE Robert Half Canada

Contact:

Naz Araghian
416.350.2330 ext. 62132
naz.araghian@roberthalf.com

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