Step ahead with DIY

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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.

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