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HRPA-CPHR survey demonstrates value of HR designation


A newly released survey by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Canada has demonstrated the value of designations in the HR profession.

Key insights are as follows:

  • In Ontario, average annual salary is $89.5K, which is slightly below the national average of $91K.
  • Designation is perceived as valuable, with 71 per cent of HRPA members saying that it has benefited their HR career.

Results indicate that holding a designation levels up your salary and career progression:

  • Those with an HRPA designation are more likely to hold a job at the management level (53 per cent with vs. 38 per cent without).
  • Those with an HRPA designation earn salaries that are on average 19 per cent higher than those without.
  • Ontario participants with a designation are also found to be more likely to work in salaried, full-time positions (88 per cent vs. 81 per cent without a designation).

Unfortunately, the survey also revealed an ongoing gender gap. While HR is a female-dominated industry (84 per cent of respondents identified as female), men are still more statistically successful in attaining higher salaries and higher positions.

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  • Men earn 15 per cent more than the Ontario average, which is slightly higher than the national average.
  • Men are also more likely to hold a job at the management level or higher (61 per cent vs. 48 per cent women).

A total of 4,948 HR professionals across Canada completed the survey, conducted online between May 17 and June 6.