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Salary survey: What are Canadian employers planning for 2024?

Posted on: September 8, 2023

By HR Reporter |

Salaries are set to rise for the coming year but not as great as they have in the past few years, according to new research.

In its latest annual wage outlook report, Normandin Beaudry predicts that pay cheques will be enhanced to the tune of 3.6% for 2024 despite some negative expectations in the overall economy.

“While a recession remains a possibility in the coming months, organizations are planning on granting increases in excess of 3% for a third year in a row,” says Darcy Clark, senior principal, compensation at Normandin Beaudry.

The study — which heard from more than 700 organizations across Canada — found that professional, scientific and technical services sector allocated the most new money to employees at a rate of 4.8% in 2023, compared with a forecasted number of 4.2%.

Employers are gaining the upper hand when it comes to salary negotiations, according to another survey.

Wages higher than predicted for 2023

The real number of salary hikes came in at 4.1% for this year, which was different than the initial wage hikes of 3.8% and 4.2% released in February 2023 and July 2023, respectively.

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