Step ahead with DIY
AUSSIE workers are doing it for themselves, with 75 per cent of employees prepared to spend their own money to upgrade their skills and stay ahead of the pack.
The Kelly Global Workforce Index, which surveyed more than 20,000 people across Australia, found the economic crisis shattered the faith of employees in their bosses.
Rather than waiting for workfunded training programs, most employees say they’re willing to invest in their own competitive edge, with those in engineering, business services, manufacturing, IT and travel/leisure industries more likely to pay up.
Gen Xers are the most prepared to spend their own money on upgrading their skills (74 per cent) compared with Gen Ys (72 per cent) and baby boomers (68 per cent).
The survey also found 60 per cent of workers expected to change careers or reinvent themselves in the future.
Karen Colfer, Kelly Services Australia managing director, says this is reflected in a growing number of workers ‘‘actively thinking about how to promote themselves in order to make their next step happen rather than waiting for the right role to fall in their lap’’. Australia, according to the Australian Financial Review’s 12th annual survey of executive salaries. Gail Kelly at Westpac and Chua Kong at Singtel make more than $3 million a year while Sue Morphett at Pacific Brands, Nicole Hollows at Macarthur Coal and Katie Page of Harvey Norman made up the remainder of the female component at the top pay level. staff is aimed at curbing an employee exodus to Facebook. At least one ex-Google employee will be looking for a job. US media have reported the staff member who leaked the internal memo announcing the pay rise has been sacked. CORPORATE workers finally gained an edge over their publicsector counterparts. ABS data reveals quarterly wage rises for employees in the private sector outstripped those in the public for the first time in two years. The ABS Labour Price Index found private-sector pay rates increased 1 per cent in trend terms in the September quarter compared with 0.9 per cent in government agencies. A COAL mining company that sacked a worker for providing a false urine sample in a random drug and alcohol test was justified in dismissing the employee, Fair Work Australia found. It found the employee gave testers a ‘‘cold’’ sample within seconds and a second test revealed the presence of metabolites of THC, the active chemical in marijuana.