High-tech skills still demanding high wages

Upward pressure on salaries expected to continue as enrolment in high-tech programs declines
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/21/2005

Canadian firms are paying a higher premium for high-tech workers with specialized skills than they did a year ago, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting and sponsored by the Information Technology Association of Canada, also found that specially trained workers at high-tech companies are earning more than their peers in other industries and software is significantly outpacing hardware as a career with opportunity in the Canadian workforce.

Three years ago the average wage for a hardware engineer was slightly higher than that of a software design engineer. But software engineers now earn up to five per cent more than their hardware design colleagues.