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Our earnings landscape is shifting.

posted Nov 20, 2011, 5:36 PM by recruitment USDX

Ten years ago the average full-time adult male worker in NSW took home more than his counterpart in Western Australia by a margin of $70 per week.

These days Western Australian men outpace NSW men by $335 per week. Western Australia eclipsed the Australian Capital Territory as the highest earning state or territory more than a year ago.

For women the margins between states are little changed, suggesting Western Australia’s earnings growth is being driven by the male-dominated mining and construction industries.

Mining workers are by far Australia’s highest paid according to the Bureau of Statistics figures with full-time men in thee industry taking home an average of $120,100 per year. Full-time women in the industry take home $91,100...


Mining industry: $2235 per week
Utilities industries: $1649 per week
Professional & technical services: $1600 per week


Arts & recreation: $1203 per week
Accommodation and food: $980 per week
Retail industry: $979 per week

Average full-time adult total earnings, August 2011

The worst-paying industries are retail sales and accommodation & food services, each paying both men and women an average of around $51,100.

The ABS figures appear to show the male-female wage gap widening to a 25 year high but Melbourne Institute labour specialist Mark Wooden believes the averages may reflect the changes in the composition of the workforce rather than changes in wages themselves.

“It employment in the low-wage jobs in the services sector was growing, and if those jobs were prominently filled by women that could push down average female wages without pushing down any actual wages,” he told the Herald.

“If employment in low-wage jobs in manufacturing was falling, and if those jobs were predominantly filled by men that could push up average male wages without pushing up actual wages,” he said.

The fastest growing average wages over the past year have been in wholesale trade (up 11.9 per cent), health care and social assistance (up 6.9 per cent), arts and recreation (up 5.5 per cent) and construction (up 5.4 per cent), and accommodation & food services (5 per cent).

Wages growth has been the weakest in administrative and support services (down 2.8 per cent), rental hiring & real estate (down 0.1 per cent).

Mining wages, previously increasing strongly, grew 4.8 per cent. Across all industries average full-time wages grew 5.1 per cent, a comfortable margin above the inflation rate of 3.5 per cent.

“These figures won’t alarm the Reserve Bank,” said Commonwealth Securities economist Savanth Sebastian. “They tend tends to overstate growth in wages, as the balance or workers shifts from full-time to part-time and shifts across industry sectors.”

Published in today's SMH and Age

Australia gears up to recruit more skilled migrants

posted Nov 13, 2011, 9:02 PM by recruitment USDX

The Australian government is set to announce changes to the 457 visa system in order to attract more overseas workers.

Chris Bowen, the immigration minister, said a new accreditation scheme for the foreign worker visas will begin next week, on 7 November.

“This will continue to ensure that the 457 program is responsive to the economic cycle and provides a flexible avenue for employers to fill immediate and short-term skill vacancies, while maintaining opportunities and conditions for Australian workers,” Bowen said.

One state, Western Australia, saw its intake of 457 visa workers rise 85 per cent in July compared with the same month last year.

Bowen explained that part of this rise in numbers is due to improved processing times.”Average processing times for 457 visa applications are also 30 per cent lower than they were in 2006-07 – down from 31 to 22 days,” he said.”Our aim is to see 457 visas processed within 10 days.

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posted Oct 29, 2010, 9:50 PM by recruitment USDX   [ updated Oct 29, 2010, 9:57 PM ]

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Migration cuts may prompt skills crisis ...

posted Sep 21, 2010, 12:15 AM by recruitment USDX

Large cuts to migrant numbers could exacerbate a looming skills shortage and lead to wage blowouts as the resources sector gears up for another boom, industry analysts warn.

The housing construction industry has been complaining about a structural undersupply of labour and the lack of a dedicated migration program for the residential sector.

But it also says migration targets may not be enough to maintain a working age population.

"There's no doubt there is a shortage of labour there," Housing Industry Association (HIA) chief economist Harley Dale told AAP

Source: Sydney Morning Herald


Skilled Occupation List (SOL)...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 10:41 PM by recruitment USDX   [ updated Sep 21, 2010, 6:38 AM by Anthony van der Craats ]

Skills shortage in the ICT industry...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:47 PM by recruitment USDX   [ updated Sep 20, 2010, 9:12 PM ]

Recruitment firms have predicted an imminent skills shortage in the ICT industry, specifically in mid-level management, as a result of reduced hires during the global financial crisis (GFC).

Hays Information Technology, regional director, Peter Noblet, said that during the downturn, employers were reluctant to hire graduates for entry-level positions, instead choosing to develop their already-existing staff.

“As a result, organisations are not only at risk of being top-heavy, but they will soon struggle to find candidates at the mid-level with around three years experience. The recruitment battle for this mid band will intensify and moving forward companies will find themselves under pressure to promote and up-skill quickly to fill and replace that lost layer of their workforce," Noblet said.


Lack of workers was an issue...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:46 PM by recruitment USDX   [ updated Sep 20, 2010, 9:26 PM ]

"Santos managing director David Knox admitted a potential lack of workers was an issue. ''The issue of labour is clearly something we have to work hard on,'' he said."

A $100-BILLION gas deal signed yesterday puts Queensland only a step away from 6000 new jobs and $120 million a year in state royalties.

Source: Courier Mail

French oil and gas giant Total paid $860 million to sign on as a 20 per cent partner of Santos's liquefied natural gas project in Gladstone and committed to buying enough gas, along with Malaysian partner Petronas, to help underwrite the $7-billion scheme.

Nationally, unemployment fell from 5.3 per cent to 5.1 per cent. The Santos-Total gas deal was considered a massive shot of confidence for the emerging industry with the 18,000 jobs the four planned projects are expected to generate.

Total's involvement means that the world's fifth biggest oil and gas company had confidence in the project, Deputy Premier Paul Lucas said.

However, Santos managing director David Knox admitted a potential lack of workers was an issue. ''The issue of labour is clearly something we have to work hard on,'' he said.

Companies already are hiking salaries in the mining sector and diesel mechanics are earning up to $50 an hour in Bowen Basin mines while highly skilled engineers are being offered up to $200,000 a year.

Even mining recruitment companies in the resources sector are finding it tough.

''I'd employ a dozen recruiters today if I could find the right people,'' Brisbane-based Talent2 general manager Craig Sneesby said.

He said a perfect storm was developing that would eventuate when the Queensland mining industry and the emerging gas industry started to fight over employees.

''It will be an arm wrestle for talent,'' he said. ''We are right at the tipping point and we have so many customers who are stockpiling staff.''

Migration dire for economy...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:44 PM by recruitment USDX   [ updated Sep 20, 2010, 9:41 PM ]

Australia's economy will flounder if the federal government does not increase its temporary skilled migrant intake, an immigration expert has told a world IT forum.

Source:Sydney Morning Herald

In 1996, the Howard government introduced the 457 business visa, which is uncapped and driven by employers' demands for personnel, and provides a pathway to permanent migration.

Economic migration policy expert Alan Chanesman, chief executive of immigration strategy firm Lipman James, told the World Computer Congress in Brisbane that the IT sector in particular is especially valuable, as it fuels the economy with billions of dollars contributing to 66 per cent of GDP.

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