WORKOUT Employers swing to overseas recruits
SPONSORING overseas candidates is the preferred option of two out of three employers, a recent salary survey released by Hays shows. Last year, less than half the employers were prepared to sponsor candidates.
The change is the result of a skills shortage which has pushed up salaries in a range of sectors throughout Australia. Resourcesdriven Western Australia and Queensland experienced the biggest salary increases, with the accounting sector recording a hike of more than 15 per cent.
The Hays survey says a degreequalified assistant accountant with about four years’ experience now receives an average $68,000 a year compared to $58,000 last year. A management consultant receives $160,000 on average, up from $135,000 last year.
Regional areas are also experiencing a salary boom. For example, a corporate finance graduate in Newcastle with about three years’ relevant experience now receives $63,000 compared to $50,000 last year.
Wealth management and finance sectors showed an annual increase of 22 per cent in Perth, 10.5 per cent in Brisbane and 7.7 per cent in Sydney.
Other winning professions this year (last year’s average salaries in brackets) are:
Architects (WA): $85,000 ($65,000)
Network designers (Qld): $105,000 ($85,000).
Analyst programmer (Qld): $80,000 ($67,500).
Contact centre representative (WA): $45,000 ($39,000).
Contact centre team manager (Qld): $100,000 ($80,000).
Insurance broker (WA): $87,000 ($75,000).
Insurance underwriting manager (Qld): $80,000 ($70,000).
Demand planners (Vic): $95,000 ($90,000).
‘‘ The majority of employers reported increases in salaries of between 3 per cent and 6 per cent,’’ says Hays senior regional director Grahame Doyle. ‘‘ Unsurprisingly, the exception was certain skills in high demand such as mining and engineeringrelated roles, where salary increases were often substantially higher.
‘‘ Smart employers are reviewing their recruitment process to ensure they attract the best candidates, since it isn’t unusual for candidates in high demand areas to receive several employment offers. However, they do not always select the role offering the highest salary — future potential, competencies and culture fit are important.’’