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Canadian organizations have an average of 1.6 HR staff per 100 employees, spend $1,055 per full-time employee on those staff: study

Canadian organizations have an average of 1.6 human resource staff per 100 employees, according to the latest figures from the Conference Board of Canada.

The stats show the smaller the company, the higher the ratio tends to be. Organizations with fewer than 500 employees had an average of 1.8 HR staff per 100 while firms with more than 5,000 employees had an average of 1.4 HR staff.

HR staffing expenses were also higher at smaller organizations. While the overall mean was $1,055 per full-time employee, companies with a staff of less than 500 spent an average of $1,289 per employee on HR staffing expenses, which the study defined as all T4 items paid to staff performing HR functions (fully or partly) at corporate and operational levels, excluding compensation paid to payroll staff.

Large organizations with more than 5,000 employees spent an average of $786 on HR staffing per full-time employee.

Human resources ratio by size of employer
Human resources staff per 100 employees, including full-time equivalents at both the corporate and operational levels and excludes payroll full-time equivalents.

Overall average: 1.6 HR staff per 100 employees
Fewer than 500 employees: 1.8
500 to 2,499 employees: 1.5
2,500 to 5,000 employees: 1.5
More than 5,000 employees: 1.4

Human resources staffing expense
HR staffing expenses include all T4 items paid to all staff performing (fully or partially) at corporate and operational levels and excludes compensation for payroll staff.

Overall mean: $1,055 per full-time employee
Fewer than 500 employees: $1,289
500 to 2,499 employees: $986
2,500 to 5,000 employees: $926
More than 5,000 employees: $786

Source: The Conference Board of Canada’s Compensation Planning Outlook 2003. In August 2002, a survey was sent out to 1,440 predominantly large and medium-sized Canadian organizations. A total of 331 respondents participated in this survey.

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