Quebec workers expect their salary increases in 2010 to be an average 30% lower than in 2009. This is the finding of a CROP survey commissioned by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés and released today to mark the Ordre’s annual conference on compensation, Rendez-vous de la rémunération.
Average expected increase of 2.5% for 2010
Quebec workers appear to be less optimistic this year than they were a year ago. According to the survey, they expect to receive an average 2.5% increase next year, compared to the 3.6% reported at the same time last year.
What’s more, women anticipate a 2.2% hike in 2010, while men are hoping for 2.8%.
Interestingly, close to one respondent in five (18%) thinks there won’t be any increase in 2010, versus 14% last year.
Working conditions: organizations still on track
The CROP-CRHA poll also shed light on the impact of the economic crisis on certain working conditions in Quebec.
More than one-third (68%) of employees reported that their salary rose in 2009, compared to 31% who said it decreased (6%) or remained the same (25%).
The crisis appears to have had little effect on usual working hours since 77% of workers indicated that they hadn’t changed. The same holds true for training opportunities offered by employers and group insurance plan benefits: respectively 79% and 75% of those interviewed reported no change despite the troubled economic times.
Other organizations neglecting employee recognition
Lastly, although 75% of respondents were satisfied with the recognition they received from their employers (congratulations, messages of appreciation, etc.) in 2009, 25% disagreed.
“We’re pleased to see that many organizations have maintained the same working conditions despite the crisis. However, the lack of recognition felt by 25% of respondents is cause for concern because marks of appreciation are crucial to employee motivation and have a direct impact on productivity,” commented Florent Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre president and CEO.
To learn more
Highlights from the CROP-CRHA survey are presented in the appendix. The complete survey results are available at by clicking here (in French only).
CROP-CRHA survey findings
Average increases (%)
|Expected increase in 2010||Expected increase in 2009|
% by category
Categories - % increase
|Expected increase in 2010 - % of workers||Expected increase in 2009 -
% of workers
|Less than 1%||5%||3%|
|1 to 2.9%||38%||29%|
|3 to 4.9%||13%||22%|
|5 to 9.9 %||5%||11%|
|10% or more||4%||7%|
|Don’t know / No answer||17%||15%|