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Employees feeling optimistic

Monday July 20, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
Most people believe they should earn more, but aren't planning to ask for it.

According to new research from Robert Half, the majority are confident in their abilities at work, with 84 per cent of Canadian workers believing they should earn more money. However, only one-third feel confident asking for a raise. Just one in three are planning to ask for a raise in 2015.

The Confidence Matters research project from Robert Half outlines workers' confidence levels and attitudes about a variety of career and salary issues. The project surveyed more than 1,000 Canadian workers, who are employed full-time in office environments.

Confident in job prospects

Canadian workers are upbeat about their current organization and job prospects: 73 per cent are confident about the stability of their current employer and nearly half (47 per cent) are more confident in their job prospects now compared to one year ago.

However, 43 per cent of those surveyed have never checked their salary against the market rate or those of their peers, and only 19 per cent have checked within the last year.

"Employees with a firm understanding of their local hiring atmosphere have a definite advantage when it comes to asking for a raise," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations. "Similarly for employers, inadequate understanding of market rates could result in losing great candidates or current employees due to weak offers or more competitive salaries elsewhere."

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