WORK­OUT Em­ploy­ers swing to over­seas re­cruits

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

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.’’

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