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Big pay winners and losers from wages survey

Big pay winners and losers from wages survey

Supply and demand seems to be working reasonably well at determining basic wages and salaries according to the National Wages and Salary Survey conducted by the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern).

“The areas where pay is rising faster than the average of 3.82% are those where skills are in short supply,” said Graeme Perfect, manager of the survey for EMA.

“The survey has been running for eight years collecting comprehensive wage and salary and other remuneration data on 200 different types of job positions drawn from 700 enterprises. Altogether, the organisations participating in the survey employ more than 103,000 people.

“Changes to the basic rates of pay for 20 positions over five years are detailed at the end of this statement. Some information on fringe benefits, bonuses and other forms of remuneration will be made available once further analysis is completed.” (see other statement with this one regarding changes to pay rates for trades people).

“The survey’s wage and salary figures are averages and should be considered in terms of trends over two or three years.

“For example, two years ago the basic remuneration for Information Systems Managers and Analyst Programmers went up 16.1% and 14.9% respectively; last year with the dot com bubble bursting their incomes flattened off to rises of 3.12% and minus 1.5%. This year their pay recorded 3.6% and minus 1.0%.

“The big winners this year have been electronics technicians (up 14% to $45,239), Managing Directors with 50 to 199 staff (up 11.3% to $142,206), General Managers with under 50 staff (up 8.7% to $91,100), semi skilled production workers (up 6.8% to $29,888 – last year they also went up 10.7%) and Accounts Clerks (up 6.7% to $37,691- also up 20.2% last year.)

“Big losers this year have been Marketing/Business Development Managers (down 3.4% to $86,110 though they were up 14% last year), Analyst Programmers (down 1% to $51,621-last year they were also down), General Road Transport Drivers (down 0.7% to $32,393, though they were up 14.25% last year) and Unskilled Warehouse Stores people (down 0.5% to $24,205 though they were up 11.65% last year.)

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“Despite short term fluctuations, higher qualifications and skills will invariably translate into higher pay over time.”

Pay rates for various job types RECEPTIONIST/TYPIST/DATA ENTRY
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 352 369 368 290 303 340
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 26,875 27,151 27,168 28,321 28,329 28,787
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 7.1% Chge from prev. yr: 0 Chge from prev yr 1.6%

ACCOUNTS CLERK
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 302 325 253 208 222 212
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 27,482 28,071 29,698 29,359 35,311 37691
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 37.1% Chge from prev. yr: + 20.2% Chge from prev yr +6.7%

CUSTOMER SERVICE CLERK
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 1104 661 936 704 916 1025
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 25,848 30,035 30,439 30,323 30,619 32420
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 25.4% Chge from prev.yr: + 0.98% Chge from prev. yr: 5.7%

WAREHOUSE/STOREPERSON (UNSKILLED)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 440 470 373 317
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 22,014 n/a n/a 21,789 24,328 24205
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 9.9% Chge from prev. yr: +11.65% Chge from prev yr -0.5%

PRODUCTION WORKER (SEMI SKILLED)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 2795 2508 3457 2041 1931 2361
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 24,004 23,795 24,455 25,440 27,981 29,888
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 24.5% Chge from prev. yr: +10% Chge from prev yr: + 6.8%
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FITTER WELDER AND FITTER TURNER
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 869 836 611 735 444 736
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 34,875 34,506 35,570 36,819 38,265 39125
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 12.1% Chge from prev. yr: 3.92% chge from prev yr +2.2%

SHOP SALESPERSON – SKILLED
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

No of Employees 317 247 235 913 255 1098
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 23,856 25,206 24,921 24,375 26,823 27443
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 15.0% Chge from prev. yr: +10% Chge from prev yr +2.3%

DRIVER – GENERAL ROAD TRANSPORT
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 258 274 360 313 401 333
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 25,122 28,670 29,511 28,552 32,622 32393
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 28.9% 11.04 Chge from prev. yr: +14.25% Chge from prev. yr: -0.7%%

STAFF NURSE/REGISTERED NURSE
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 3558 2212 2392 1332 1456 499
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 36,497 36,926 38,298 39,468 39,280 39947
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 9.4% Chge from prev. yr: - 0.47% chge from prev yr +1.7%

SALES REP/COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 755 627 822 519 372 486
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 34,831 36,300 37,331 35,966 37,945 40426
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 16.0% Chge from prev. yr: + 5.5% chge from prev yr +6.5%


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HUMAN RESOURCES/PERSONNEL OFFICER
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 108 117 115 104 99 89
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 43,168 44,377 46,839 46,448 48,448 50275
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 16.4% Chge from prev. yr: +5.37% chge from prev yr +3.8%

MARKETING/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 108 111 126 141 95 109
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 73,134 72,165 76,014 78,086 89,047 86110
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 17.7% Chge from prev. yr: +14% chge from prev yr -3.4%

GENERAL MANAGER (UNDER 50 EMPLOYEES)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 167 189 205 132 136 141
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 76,773 81,682 81,052 83,578 83,822 91100
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 18.6% Chge from prev. yr: + 0.3% chge from prev yr + 8.7%

GENERAL MANAGER (50 – 199 EMPLOYEES)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

No of Employees 117 149 135 110 100 101
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 92,687 96,036 105,204 101,567 108,025 112,549
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 21.4% Chge from prev. yr: +6.36% chge from prev yr + 4.2%

MANAGING DIRECTOR (50 - 199 EMPLOYEES)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 51 66 87 85 90 82
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 120,259 117,927 119,560 127,513 127,722 142,206
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 18.2% Chge from prev. yr: + 0.2% chge from prev yr + 11.3%
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INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 91 124 102 103 96 111
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 66,707 69,020 73,818 74,443 76,767 79541
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 19.2% Chge from prev. yr: +3.12% chge from prev yr + 3.6%

ANALYST/PROGRAMMER AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS ENGINEER
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 267 305 609 306 112 232
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 45,989 47,566 50,448 52,932 52,146 51621
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 12.2% Chge from prev. yr: - 1.5% chge from prev yr - 1.0%
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IS INFORMATION OFFICER AND COMPUTER OPERATOR
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 141 118 913 317 59 61
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 34,757 36,666 38,074 37,973 42,953 43899
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 26.3% Chge from prev. yr: + 13.1% chg from prev yr + 4.6%

ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 176 157 121 103 78 83
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 37,999 35,473 35,342 39,347 40,286 45737
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 20.3% Chge from prev. yr: +2.39% chg from prev yr +14.0%

LIBRARY MANAGER/SENIOR LIBRARIAN/QUALIFIED LIBRARIAN
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
No of Employees 262 247 252 293 179 223
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 43,132 43,561 43,049 45,415 47,820 48934
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 10.87% Chge from prev. yr: + 5.3% chge from prev yr +2.3%
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Media Statement Embargoed til Wednesday, December 4th, 2002

Waiting for the electrician?

If you thought it was getting more expensive to call an electrician in the weekend, you’re probably right.

The pay rates of electricians and other trades people have risen significantly over the past year according to the National Salary and Wage Survey data.

“There have been dramatic changes in the pay packets of tradespersons as well as for the other 200 types of job position covered,” said Graeme Perfect, Manager of the National Wage and Salary Survey for the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern).

“We compared 10 trades positions with their pay last year,” Mr Perfect said. (see below). “The changes taking place can offer interesting insights on other changes occurring in the economy.

“Whereas electricians’ basic pay went up on average nationally by 6.2% for the year ended July, to $43,787, the pay packets of petrol engine motor mechanics went down 6.2% to $31,734.

“For whatever reasons, including the possibility that the vehicle fleet is more reliable, we appear to have enough petrol engine motor mechanics.

“The same is not true for diesel mechanics – their pay went up 9.4% last year to reach $40,707. Maintenance fitters did well too with a 6.4% increase while pay rises for unskilled trades people have hardly changed or even moved down.”


COMPARISON OF TRADES AND UNSKILLED RATES 2001/2002 Registered electrician
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 189 214 + 6.2%
Basic annual remuneration 41,201 43,787

Maintenance fitter
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 228 287 + 6.4%
Basic annual remuneration 40,746 43,346
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Motor mechanic (diesel)
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 201 84
Basic annual remuneration 37,204 40,707 + 9.4%

Motor mechanic (petrol)
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 63 139
Basic annual remuneration 33,720 31,734 - 6.2%

Toolmaker
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 56 53
Basic annual remuneration 41,309 43,011 +4.1%

Production worker – unskilled
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 997 1106
Basic annual remuneration 23,180 23,625 + 1.9%

Fitter’s mate
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 32 111
Basic annual remuneration 29,136 30,466 + 4.6%

Warehouse store person (unskilled)
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 373 317
Basic annual remuneration 24,328 24,205 - 0.5%

Warehouse store person (semi-skilled)
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 570 612
Basic annual remuneration 26,394 26,966 + 2.2%

Caretaker/custodian/handyperson
2001 2002 % Change
No of employees 37 52
Basic annual remuneration 29,581 29,948 + 1.2
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