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The Sun Rises in the West When it Comes to Salary Increases

Ottawa, February 12, 2013—Salary gains continue to be strong in Alberta and Saskatchewan at approximately four per cent this year, compared to three per cent nationally, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Mid-Year Pulse Check of its

This is a chart on the planned average salary increases, by regionannual compensation planning outlook survey.

“Economic growth is uneven across the country. While employers are feeling the pinch in Ontario and other parts of eastern Canada, the oil and gas sector is pushing up wages in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” said Ian Cullwick, Vice-President, Leadership and Human Resources Research. 

"Salaries in oil and gas this year are rising slightly faster than we projected, and labour markets in western Canada are tightening. We have heard from natural resources firms that virtually all of them are having trouble finding the skilled workers they need.”

Salary growth projections have been revised upwards in Saskatchewan (four per cent) and Alberta (3.9 per cent). The projections for Quebec (2.7 per cent), Ontario (2.5 per cent), and British Columbia (2.5 per cent) have been revised downward, and remain below the national average of three per cent.

View a commentary by Allison Cowan, Senior Research, Compensation and Industrial Relations.

The Conference Board conducted its Compensation Planning Outlook 2013 Mid-Year Pulse Check survey in December 2012. A total of 237 organizations replied, representing a response rate of 59 per cent of the 401 organizations that completed the Compensation Planning Outlook survey in the summer of 2012. 

While most industry salary projections have changed little since last year, more than half of the companies in the food, beverage, and tobacco industries reported revising salary increases down in recent months. As a result, the expected increase across these industries has fallen from 2.9 per cent to 2.3 per cent. 

More than two-thirds of respondents said economic conditions in 2013 will be comparable to those of 2012. A quarter think business conditions are likely to improve, while only seven per cent believe that conditions will deteriorate in 2013.

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