Canadian starting salaries for professional occupations are projected to increase an average of 3.7% next year, according to a Robert Half study.
Accounting and Finance
Average starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals in Canada are forecast to rise 3.4% next year. Staff accountants, senior financial analysts and business systems analysts are in strong demand, and these professionals can expect to see higher than average salary increases. The regulatory environment is driving hiring for risk, compliance and internal audit professionals.
Overall, base compensation for IT professionals is expected to increase 5.2%. Mobile, security and big data will be three drivers for technology hiring in 2015. Mobile applications developers can expect the highest salary increases among all technology roles.
Creative and Marketing
Professionals in creative fields in Canada can expect average starting salary gains of 3.9% in 2015. Growth in the digital space, particularly mobile, is driving the demand for professionals such as digital marketing strategists and user-experience specialists. Businesses also seek content strategists, web designers and front-end web developers.
In the legal field, starting salaries are anticipated to rise 2.6% on average. Law firms are seeking mid- and senior-level lawyers in high-growth practice areas, such as litigation, general business and commercial law, and intellectual property. Paralegals also are in high demand by companies and law firms, and those with specialized skill sets can expect higher starting compensation.
Administrative and Office Support
Overall starting salaries for administrative professionals are expected to rise 3.3% in 2015. Demand for skilled executive and administrative assistants remains strong. There continues to be a need for support staff in healthcare, human resources and customer service.