Cautious optimism in raises for 2010

Base salary forecasts range from 2.5 to 2.6 per cent as salary freezes thaw
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/20/2010

The good news is we’ve survived and there is cautious optimism in the air, with people thinking, “Thank goodness 2009 is over, we can only go up from here, on to better things,” according to Gail Evans, president and founder of the management consulting firm the Wynford Group in Calgary.

Judging by the latest salary forecast numbers, some employers are budging when it comes to giving increases, though the raises are expected to be conservative.

Projected base salary increases are 2.52 per cent across Canada, according to a survey of 316 organizations in November by the Wynford Group. The highest projections are for Saskatchewan and Alberta, at 3.1 per cent and 2.9 per cent, respectively.