Halihax, wordplay on Halifax and Hacking, is a community of tech minded individuals in Halifax, NS. It all started in 2014 as a meet-up series to engage the local developer community out of Volta Labs with free beer, pizza and presentations from local gurus. We gave up on the live events pretty quickly.
Later, the brand was resurrected with the help of Phil Renaud, VP Engineering at Affinio, as a Slack group so that the Halifax tech community could cross-pollinate and share ideas. Just this week Halihax surpassed 420 members, and represents a wide swath of the Halifax tech community.
One topic that keeps resurfacing in Halihax is job opportunities. We have a #jobs channel where each week local companies recruit for open positions. These postings often spawn discussions around salary expectations of the community, often from new founders but also from folks transitioning into the community from abroad.
Last year we ran an ad-hoc survey to gain insight into the active members of the group. Questions included job title, years of experience, base salary, annual bonus amount, whether they worked remotely, and other job related metadata. That survey had 40 respondents, a median base salary of $85,000 and median experience of 8 years.
We ran the survey again this year, incorporating some community feedback.
Community members wanted to know more about compensation perks like benefits and stock options, how long people had spent in their current role, whether people are considering changing jobs, and if members lived outside of Halifax itself. New questions for this year have been marked with an asterisk.
Click on any one of these charts to zoom in.
If you code, what is your primary language?
In what timeframe might you be seeking a new opportunity?
Median salary by programming language
Annual base salary compared to years of industry experience
Median salary of remote vs colocated workers
Annual base salary compared to reported work hours per week
Which languages have you used in the last month?
What skills do you see as in-demand currently?
Write in answers include: React or JS meetups, Information on salaries for negotiation purposes, and to support and be supported by peers.
For those respondents who work remote, where is their company based?
We’ll let you draw your own conclusions on the data as the survey isn’t entirely scientific. Hopefully it gives you some insight into what the tech salary landscape is like in Halifax.