IF you're a mobile-application developer, you're one of the hottest of the hot, says a new report from staffing specialist Robert Half International.
The firm said Tuesday there is a growing demand in Canada for a wide variety of information-technology specialists, including network engineers, business intelligence analysts and IT auditors.
"Technology is so essential to the basic operations of just about every business that employers of just about every business with open positions must compete with companies of all types, across all industries, for promising professionals," it said.
And none is more in demand these days than mobile-application developers, it said, as more companies seek to grow their business using mobile media. As a result, they're also the ones looking at biggest average increases in starting salaries in 2013 -- nine per cent versus 4.5 per cent for the IT group as a whole, 7.4 per cent for business intelligence analysts and 6.1 per cent for network engineers.
Technology professionals is one of three groups of workers covered in the 2013 Salary Guide report. The others are accounting and finance specialists, and administrative and office-support professionals.
The report said administrative and office-support professionals are expected to see the second-biggest average increase in starting salaries, at 3.9 per cent, followed by accounting and finance specialists at 2.2 per cent.
Some of the most in-demand administrative and office-support workers are senior executive assistants, customer-service managers and human resource benefits specialists, it said. They're all looking at average starting-salary increases of about 4.5 per cent for 2013.
And three of the most sought-after types of accounting and finance specialists are controllers for mid-sized companies, senior accountants with large firms and financial analysts for large companies.
They're looking at average salary gains of 2.4 per cent, 2.6 per cent and one per cent respectively.
Daniel Lambert, division director of finance and accounting in RHI's Winnipeg office, said one of the nice things about accounting and finance specialists is the demand is coming from small, medium and large-sized employers.
"It's right across the board."
He said employers are looking for specialists with multiple skill sets -- people who are not only good with numbers, but also have strong communication skills and experience working with different types of IT systems.