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Tech salaries set to grow

Monday November 23, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
As companies increase their focus on digital strategy, salaries are rising for professionals with expertise in this area.

The 2016 Salary Guides from staffing specialists Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group show that base salaries in the technology and creative fields are expected to rise five per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, in the coming year. But some roles are projected to see even bigger pay bumps.

"Finding professionals capable of integrating seamless digital functionality to enhance and evolve business processes continues to prove challenging for companies," said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of The Creative Group and Robert Half Technology. "Whether it be in creating intuitive online user-experiences, defining an optimized content strategy or developing comprehensive data-mining software, the pool for skilled creative and IT professionals is limited.”

She added, “Candidates now have the upper hand in the job market, with increased opportunity to explore positions that offer higher salaries and more engaging projects."

The following eight high-paying jobs are expected to see substantial increases in average starting salary in 2016:

Role      Salary increase from 2015    
     Average starting salary    
Data scientist 8.5 per cent $96,750 - $127,250
Wireless network engineer 8.2 per cent $104,000 - $136,000
Mobile applications developer 8.1 per cent $99,750 - $143,500
Big data engineer 7.8 per cent $117,000 - $150,500
User interface developer 4.1 per cent $81,250 - $146,250
Multimedia designer 3.1 per cent $56,750 - $85,000
Content strategist 3.0 per cent $71,500 - $92,250
User experience (UX) specialist  2.5 per cent $70,250 - $125,000

All salaries listed are Canadian national averages based on data published in the 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. Actual projected salary ranges may vary depending on location.

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