September 6, 2011

Providing an Equitable Offer

Due to socio-cultural differences, skilled immigrants are frequently less likely to express concerns about an offer package. Misaligned expectations between employers and skilled immigrants can lead to job dissatisfaction and employee turnover.

When making an offer, communicate the details of the offer package clearly, including expectations of the job and of the organization, as well as how the salary meets market value for the position, education and work experience.

Calculate Market Value

Aligning hiring offers with market value ensures fairness in the recruitment process and encourages employee retention.

The Working in Canada Tool, created by the federal government, provides wage information by occupation and location.

The PayScale Salary Calculator provides key salary data based on job title and location.

Base Salary Structures Provide a Framework for Pay Decisions

A recurring complaint among employers is high turnover or lack of retention among skilled immigrant employees. The impression is that a skilled immigrant is only interested in gaining Canadian work experience and will leave as soon as a better offer is available. However, in many instances, the failure to establish a fair and equitable compensation package leads to poor retention.

Establishing base salary structures based on prevailing market rates communicates to employees that the company strives for objectivity and equity in pay decisions. Having a base salary structure also supports employment equity legislation and decreases the likelihood that external factors, such as race or gender, influence pay levels.

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