Human Resources Metrics Benchmarking

Quarterly Human Resources Metrics

Track your HR team’s efforts and programs with quarterly Canadian benchmarking data.

Make informed decisions when building and revising your human resources programs by benchmarking your HR metrics against other Canadian organizations. Stay up-to-date on current HR trends and see how you can adapt to ensure that you remain competitive in today’s labour market.


Updated quarterly, our reports deliver fresh and timely HR benchmarking data for four key metrics, broken down by employee group, industry, and sector:

Turnover rates for unionized and non-unionized employees

Retirement rates

Absenteeism rates

Job vacancy rates

In addition, each quarterly survey also contains a Trends in Human Resources section designed to capture insights on new and interesting themes in the HR space that may not require quarterly benchmarks. Recent topics include:

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Employee engagement metrics

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Flexible work arrangements

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Strategic succession planning

Rewards and recognition programs


Annually, in the first survey of each year, we will capture metrics on:

Average retirement age

Retirement eligibility in the next 12 months and two to five years

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Attraction, retention, and recruitment efforts

Recent Research

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Employee Rewards and Recognition Programs

January 18, 2024

This research provides benchmark data for key areas in human resources (HR) that will allow organizations to compare their own position with other employers in their sector or industry. In addition, the section on trends in human resources explores organizations’ employee rewards and recognitions programs, which are a vital component of the employee experience, and a key contributor to employee retention and job satisfaction.

Data briefing  •  15-min read

The Strategic Importance of Succession Planning

December 7, 2023

A new quarterly survey, which was open from July 17 to August 18, 2023, was sent to HR professionals in Canadian organizations operating in a variety of regions, sectors, and industries. A total of 182 organizations participated in the survey. This briefing summarizes organizational data for unionized and non-unionized employees for the second quarter of 2023 (April to June) on four recurring topics of interest.

Issue briefing  •  30-min read

August 8, 2023

Is the rate of turnover for non-unionized employees higher or lower than for unionized employees? Which industries should be most concerned about mass retirements in the next five years? How often are employees absent from work, on average? Which flexible work practices do most employers offer?

Issue briefing  •  34-min read


Liz Marcil

Associate Director, Human Capital

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Senior Research Associate

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