Canadian CIOs Weigh in on Top Incentives for Tech Employees

Research Shows IT Professionals Put the Onus on Bonus

Toronto, ON – What does it take to appeal to today’s most in-demand tech talent? According to Canadian CIOs in a recent survey from Robert Half Technology, perks involving money matter to IT professionals, with bonus or stock options topping the list, followed by the ability to learn and grow and advancement opportunities.

The top 8 benefits Canadian tech candidates want from employers:

(Rankings are based on the percentage of CIOs who named the response as one of their top three most important factors for IT professionals.)

  1. Bonus or stock options
  2. The ability to learn and grow
  3. Advancement opportunities
  4. The opportunity to work on interesting projects
  5. Vacation time
  6. Using new and innovative technology
  7. Remote working options
  8. A unique office environment or other office perks

“Technology professionals are passionate about what they do, and want to work somewhere that recognizes and encourages their interests; however, compensation will also remain a top consideration,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of Robert Half Technology. “For companies to attract and retain top IT talent, in addition to offering competitive hiring packages, they must promote opportunities for employees to engage with innovative projects, develop new skills and advance their careers.”

Added Bottineau, “Organizations should regularly reassess the perks IT employees want most, and develop a flexible compensation package that adapts to their needs, ensuring staff remain motivated, satisfied, and loyal.”

For more information on IT hiring, compensation and benefits, including salary data for more than 75 technology positions, check out the newly released Robert Half Technology 2018 Salary Guides.

About the Research

The survey of more than 270 CIOs in Canada. was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm.

About Robert Half Technology

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2017 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions. Follow, and @RobertHalf_CAN on Twitter for additional workplace advice and hiring trends.

Technology Benefits, Robert Half Technology


1. The ability to learn and grow

Create a culture of learning at your company by offering ongoing training and professional development opportunities to help your employees further their careers.

2. The opportunity to work on interesting projects

All professionals want engaging work, so give your employees projects they’re enthusiastic about. Let them know what impact they’re making on the company, customers or clients.

3. Bonus or stock options

Offering employees financial rewards or some ownership in the company can help them feel more connected to your business, as well as encourage engagement and loyalty to your organization.

4. Advancement opportunities

Your employees want to know they have a career path within the company. Establish clear paths to leadership, and educate your team members on the opportunities available to them.

5. Vacation time

Everyone needs a break. Encourage your employees to take their vacation time and unplug from their work worries and inbox in order to relax and recharge. Ensure them that you’ll have their responsibilities covered, whether they’re divided amongst colleagues or you bring on temporary help.

6. Using new and innovative technology

Tech professionals are naturally curious and excited by industry advancements. Give workers the opportunity to explore, use and even recommend or experiment with new technologies when it makes sense for your business.

7. A unique office environment or other office perks

Ping-pong tables can be great, but creating a welcoming and inspiring office space that matches your employees’ work style, whether it’s an open floor plan, collaboration areas or private work spaces, is even better.

8. Remote work options

Show employees you care about their work-life balance by offering alternative work arrangements, like working remotely or having customized hours. This can shorten their commute and bring more value to their day.

The above are based on the percentage of CIOs who named the response as one of their top three most important factors for IT professionals.

Source: Robert Half Technology. Results based on telephone interviews with more than 2,500 CIOs from 25 major U.S. markets at companies with 100 or more employees.

© 2017 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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