Avoiding biases that skew salaries

Regional differences, generalized data complicate compensation benchmarking
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/25/2006

As an HR manager working in the small, southwestern Ontario town of Mitchell, Jennifer Van Den Broek often runs into problems finding the right salary surveys for her company.

The surveys she finds are typically skewed, most often by too many big city employers in the sample, said Van Den Broek, who works at Durisol, a manufacturing firm employing about 140 people.

What’s more, the category of manufacturing is often too broad for her needs, said Van Den Broek, who is interested in data for the pre-cast concrete industry. What she finds more helpful are the get-togethers with other HR practitioners in the area. It’s at these types of networking events that she and her peers compare information to at least determine what a range might be for a particular position.