Nation’s top earners are going backwards
AUSTRALIA'S top earners are losing their lead on the rest of the workforce - but women are being paid better than ever.
Analysis of job ads on SEEK reveals the nation's highest-paying roles offer much less than five years ago.
This year's top role, information and communication technology (ICT) architect, averaged $138,144, yet in 2013 the top role, mining exploration and geoscience, averaged $146,596.
Meanwhile, engineering managers dropped from $135,274 to $133,927 despite the role now being the second highest-paid in the country.
Overall, the average salary offered in SEEK job ads increased 1.2 per cent in the past five years to reach $83,778.
Hays director Lisa Morris said employers would become more open to larger salaries if business activity and the economy continued to strengthen.
"If an employer is unable to accommodate this, they could offer other benefits such as flexible working options or working remotely, more than 20 days' annual leave, (or) time off for birthdays to help retain their staff," she said.
Female-dominated sectors experienced the strongest salary growth on SEEK, with education and training leading the pack, up 19.2 per cent in five years (average salary $82,498).
It was followed by community services and development, up 16.1 per cent ($73,691), design and architecture, up 15.8 per cent ($83,055), and administration and office support, up 13.6 per cent ($58,671).
Ms Morris said Hays research found employers intended to increase administration salaries by at least 6 per cent this financial year as many roles were now a blend of marketing, information technology, communications, creative writing and office management.
"The recovery of the resources sector, particularly in mining, and the strength of the construction and engineering industries has created a high demand for technical administrators," she said.
UniSA associate professor Victoria Whitington said while education and training salaries were good, money should not be a primary driver for people considering the line of work.
She said educators who were flexible and specialised in the right teaching areas were in demand.
"If you want to work in the country or outer suburbs or you are prepared to go remote, rural or overseas you will get a teaching job," she said.
Professor Whitington said secondary school teachers who specialised in science, mathematics or design and technology were highly sought, as were degree-qualified early childhood teachers.
Teacher Tara Clarke, of Allenby Gardens Primary School, said salary was not a major influence on her decision to change from the media industry to education.
She was not surprised, however, that salaries on SEEK were increasing.
"I can see the push for quality educators and in order to attract this type of expertise they need to be paid accordingly," she said.
"Salary wasn't the biggest factor for me initially but I have found that the flexibility with working options means it has been a great career move for me."
The SEEK analysis revealed male-dominated employment sectors were more likely to have experienced declining salaries in the past five years.
Mining, resources and energy dropped the furthest, down 14 per cent (average 2018 salary of $116,108), followed by engineering, down 6.9 per cent ($105,810), manufacturing, transport and logistics, down 2.3 per cent ($71,696) and construction, down 1.8 per cent ($109,325).