Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey

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The retail industry is reinventing. With fewer brick and mortar locations, a shift to ecommerce, and the need to gain cost and resource efficiencies, reevaluating rewards strategies is a priority for many companies. Make smart investments with your salary budget to secure critical talent, using high-quality and up-to-date market data. Motivate and attract top talent with the Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey. See where your company stacks up against the competition with survey data collected for 1,092 positions. Compare key components such as annual base pay, incentive eligibility, turnover, and more. Benchmark your compensation strategy against all organizations, or narrow the data by:

  • Company size (gross sales/revenue and square footage)
  • Geographic location
  • Industry sectors and subsectors
  • Scope of responsibility (number of stores managed, sales volume managed, square footage managed)

Current, reliable data
In light of the economic and workforce changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercer conducted a “data refresh” in September to address any market movement that occurred after the initial survey participation period. You will receive the results of the refresh free with your purchase.

This added step to ensure you have access to the most current, reliable data means you can move forward confidently with your pay decisions knowing that your data accurately reflect the market.

Is your workforce strategy prepared to keep up with the retail industry?

Participation open: March - May

Results publish: August


2020 results available

  • 348 positions published
  • CAD 1,175 – 6,225
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Position list

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Survey Statistics

  • Positions Surveyed: 1,092
  • Positions Published: 348
  • Organizations: 79
  • Observations: 463,290

Based on data from the 2020 Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data Collected

  • Annual base salary
  • Benefits
  • Compensation practices
  • Hourly wage rate
  • Incentive eligibility
  • Organization data
  • Part-time/Full-time status
  • Sales incentive amounts
  • Salary ranges
  • Total cash compensation
  • Turnover
  • Wage planning

Data Analyzed

Industry Sector

  • Apparel, fashion, footwear and accessories
  • Convenience
  • Department stores
  • Electronics, entertainment, communications, office
  • Grocery, pharmacy, general merchandise
  • Home, hardware, building and garden supplies
  • Restaurants
  • Specialty stores
  • Wholesale distribution

Subsector

  • Apparel/Accessories – Combination Stores
  • Apparel/Accessories – Family
  • Apparel/Accessories – Infants/Children
  • Apparel/Accessories – Men
  • Apparel/Accessories – Women
  • Automotive dealers
  • Automotive parts and services
  • Books/Music/Video
  • Building supplies
  • Combination electronics, etc., stores
  • Combination gas/petro and convenience
  • Combination grocery, etc., stores
  • Combination specialty stores
  • Communications stores
  • Convenience combination gas/petro
  • Department stores
  • Drug stores, pharmacies, general merchandise
  • Electronics stores
  • Entertainment stores
  • Fine dining
  • Footwear/Shoes
  • Furniture and home furnishings stores
  • Garden supplies
  • Gas/Petro
  • General merchandise
  • Gifts/Novelties
  • Grocery store
  • Hardware
  • Home goods and products
  • Jewelry
  • Luxury
  • Office supply stores
  • Other home products
  • Other specialty stores
  • Quick service, fast food
  • Restaurant chains
  • Salon/Personal care products
  • Sporting goods/Hobby
  • Wholesale trade, durable goods
  • Wholesale trade, non-durable goods
  • Wholesale trade – other or combination

Geographic area

  • National
  • Regional/Provincial

Size

  • Gross sales/Revenue
  • Square footage

Scope of Responsibility

  • Number of stores managed
  • Sales volume managed
  • Square footage managed

Interested in restaurant compensation and policy data? Check out the Restaurant module of the Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey to optimize your workforce strategy.

This survey is powered by Mercer Job Library. Learn more or view Mercer Job Library FAQs for more details. Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN® , giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters.

2021 Survey Participation

Data Submission Tools

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Job Matching Booklet

Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs. To participate, click the ‘participate now’ link above and follow the steps provided. Rest assured that the importance of your data security is not taken lightly at Mercer, so we take the utmost precautions to protect it.

What's new in 2021

Data for this survey will be collected through Mercer Data Connector, an innovative online platform created to simplify the participation process with easy data importing, real-time data validation, and more.

Why should you participate?

  • Align your pay to the market.
  • Maximize your budget by making informed decisions to ensure you are not overpaying or underpaying.
  • Identify “hot jobs” and areas of focus for your company.
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive participant-only events.

2021 survey schedule

  • Participation opens: March 1
  • Participation closes: May 28
  • Results available: August

Note: we will not extend participation past the close date. Please contact us to learn more about our participation services to ensure you meet the deadline.


Participation Webinar

Attend a participation webinar or watch a recording to better understand the submission process and the survey data that is collected.

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2021 survey pricing

Product Participant Non-Participant
Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey CAD $2,200 CAD $6,600

Pricing

Product Participants Non-Participants
2020 Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey CAD 2,075 CAD 6,225
2020 Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey – Restaurant Industry CAD 1,175 CAD 3,525
2020 Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey + Restaurant Industry Bundle CAD 2,900 CAD 8,700

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Please note:

  • Additional users may be added during checkout for CAD 220 each per module/survey.
  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2020 results are available for purchase and will be delivered upon survey release (late August).

Schedule

  • Participation open: March 1
  • Participation deadline: May 28
  • Date Effective: April 1
  • Results publish: August

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2020 Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey here.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this HR compensation survey to optimize your ongoing compensation and benchmarking efforts.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey to see what’s included and learn how easy it is to streamline your salary benchmarking efforts.

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  • RegionEnglish-Canada
  • Sub TitleMove forward with a data-driven talent strategy
  • Short DescriptionData to help your workforce strategy keep up.

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