45% of employees got raises in 2005

81% of hiring managers said it is equally or more difficult to find qualified candidates than it was 12 months ago. 45% of workers reported their compensation has increased in the 2005, yet a much smaller number are willing to ask for a better deal going forward. 37% of hiring managers in the survey said that professional and technical staff-level positions were the hardest to fill, followed by administrative/clerical workers (16%), directors, managers or supervisors (15%), temporary/contract workers (12%) and CIOs, chief financial officers and CEOs (4%). 45% of workers said that health insurance is the most important benefit and for 24%, it is flexible work hours, Robert Half International reports.