Compensation in the Halifax tech community 2020

The annual Halihax member survey asks members to report on their compensation, skills and how they are feeling in the community. We use this data to produce the compensation in the Halifax tech community report.

This report is a review of our 2020 member survey data, where we take a look at both the current state and emerging trends we are seeing in the community.

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Highlights

Our community grew by 150% this past year, let's take a look at the numbers.

** denotes a statistic that is new for the 2020 reporting year
1176
(↑ 522)
Community members
180
(↑ 60)
2020 survey respondents
Diversity & inclusion

This year we took a closer look at who our members are, and how we can represent them better.

9.5
%
**
Identify as a visible minority
1.7
%
**
Identify as indigenous
4.4
%
**
Identify as someone with a disability
Gender identity

We asked respondents to choose the option they identify with in regards to gender.

Feeling of belonging

We asked respondents to rank how well they felt they belong in the Halihax community.

We received a lot of great feedback from the write-in portion of our diversity & inclusion section of the survey. Much of the feedback was positive; however, we also received key insights to how we can create a more welcoming space, which we will share in a future blog post of our plan for 2021.

Job market

Our #jobs channel is used by employers and job seekers to showcase talent and opportunities that are available.

5.6
%
(↓ 44%)
Are actively seeking a new position
8.8
%
(↓ 30%)
Are seeking a new role within the next 6-12 months
22.8
%
**
Posted a job listing to our #jobs channel last year
11
%
**
Attribute hiring their candidate through Halihax
13.6
%
**
Were hired as a result of a job they found through Halihax
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Salary & compensation insights

In this section we take a look at salary in comparison to other reported qualifications.

Employment parameters

There are a number of factors that play into what a person is compensated. Stage, size, and location of company are key factors in determining what your potential salary could be.

77.2% of respondents touch code daily (↓ 7.7%)

Industry experience, median, of 9 years (↑ 1.0 years)

Quality of life

We often look at salary above all when it comes to employment, but it's important to rationalize it against other quality of life metrics.

Weekly work hours, median, of 40 (no change from 2019)

Nightly sleep hours, median, of 7.2 (↓ 0.07 hours)

Happiness, median, of 4 (no change from 2019)

Remote vs co-located

The nature of working in a technology field is that you're able to work from almost anywhere that you can be connected to the internet. Often employers will pay based on a centralized pay scale.

46.7% of respondents work remotely (↑ 43.7%)

77.2% of respondents touch code daily (↓ 7.7%)

Programming & technologies

77.2% of respondents touch code daily, let's take a look at what languages and technologies they're using.

COVID-19 pandemic impact

2020 has been a rather unique year for everyone with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting many businesses. Halihax had to move to completely virtual events, immediately after having rebooted our in-person speaker series. Here we take a look at compensation and working arrangements impact due to the pandemic.

Benefits and compensation

Some employers have adjusted benefits or compensation due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A vast majority of respondents say their compensation has not been directly impacted.

Working arrangements

Large shifts have occurred both temporary and permanent to how people are working together.

Through the years

Since 2018 we've ran this yearly member survey in hopes of one day showing trends in the community. While we still only have a limited history, we can now take a look at the last few years of data to compare.

Check out reports from previous years:

A comparison of median salary by programming language from 2018-2020

Remote work continues to climb in our community, irrespective of the boost of people working remote temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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