Good news: BC Tech Sector wages on the upswing

by Liam Britten | Research

If you’re an employee in B.C.’s technology sector, you’ve got reason to be optimistic. New data suggests that few tech companies plan on freezing wages next year, and better yet, many plan to increase wages.

Research from the HR Tech Group, a professional forum for human resources professionals employed in the B.C. technology industry, is reporting that average technology sector salaries increased by 2.3 per cent in 2010, compared to 1.9 per cent in 2009. Further, 2011 is expected to bring an average salary increase of 3.1 per cent.

While salaries are rising, the number of companies planning to freeze salaries is declining. In 2009, 67 per cent of companies froze salaries. In 2010, that number plummeted to 10 per cent, and only three per cent of companies plan to freeze salaries in 2011.

Salaries are only part of the picture, according to HR Tech Group. As they note in a press release, human resource departments at these companies are focusing on non-monetary ways to engage employees and keep them satisfied:

“For a tech employee, it’s not just about what they get paid. Employees are looking for exciting work opportunities, career growth and excellent leadership from the top”, says Allison Rutherford, Executive Director of the HR Tech Group. “Human Resources can assist companies with this in fostering a positive culture in the workplace, and developing succession plans and identifying training opportunities.”

HR Tech Group’s study gathered data in July and August of 2011, and studied companies from the IT, clean tech, digital media and wireless sectors.

HR Tech Group
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The HR Tech Group is a professional forum for human resources professionals employed in the BC technology industry. Now in its 17th year, the High Tech Salary Survey, conducted by the HR Tech Group in partnership with Watson Wyatt, is the de facto tech salary survey for HR professionals in BC. It represents data from over 82 mid to large tech BC companies and is available to non-member... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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