Compensation Planning Outlook 2016

The Conference Board of Canada, 34 pages, October 29, 2015
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Organizations are planning moderate base salary increases for 2016. The expected increase for the private sector is 2.5 per cent; for the public sector, it is 2.6 per cent.

Document Highlights

Based on responses from the 370 organizations who participated in this year’s Compensation Planning Outlook survey, the average pay increase for non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.6 per cent for 2016: 2.5 per cent for the private sector and 2.6 per cent for the public sector. Projected increases are highest in government, at 3.0 per cent, followed by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and allied products industry at 2.9 per cent. The lowest average increases are expected in the health sector, with an average increase of 1.5 per cent. Regionally, Saskatchewan has the highest average projected increase at 3.2 per cent. The lowest average base pay increases are expected in British Columbia at 2.3 per cent and in Alberta at 2.4 per cent. Anticipated wage increases for unionized employees are projected to be 1.9 per cent in 2016—1.4 per cent in the public sector and 2.1 per cent in the private sector.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Chapter 1—Compensation Planning and Practices

  • Managing Base Pay
  • Differentiating Base Pay
  • Short-Term Incentive Plans
  • Medium-Term Incentive Plans
  • Long-Term Incentive Plans
  • Rewards Strategy and Priorities

Chapter 2—Human Resources Management

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Performance Management

Chapter 3—Collective Bargaining

  • Base Pay Increases
  • Short-Term Incentive Pay
  • Negotiation Issues

Appendix A—Glossary

  • Employee Category Definitions
  • Base Pay Increase Definitions

Appendix B—Respondent Profile

Appendix C—Participating Organizations

Appendix D—Bibliography


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