WORK­OUT Bris­bane salaries nar­row their gap

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BRIS­BANE is fast catch­ing up with Syd­ney and Melbourne in salaries. The salary gap be­tween Bris­bane and the top two cities is nar­row­ing, says re­cruit­ment firm PKL Per­son­nel. The dif­fer­ence is now about 16 per cent - it was 23 per cent last year. The av­er­age start­ing salary in Bris­bane is $40,000 this year, up from $34,900 last year.

‘‘ Of­fice sup­port pro­fes­sion­als specif­i­cally are in high de­mand, and salaries on av­er­age for th­ese roles are only 5 per cent lower, align­ing Bris­bane more closely with Syd­ney and Melbourne,’’ says PKL gen­eral man­ager Rox­anne Calder. ‘‘ Roles in­clud­ing team sec­re­taries, of­fice man­agers, ad­min­is­tra­tors and ju­niors are paid the same or higher in some cases than other cap­i­tal cities.’’

Salary ex­pec­ta­tions in Melbourne, mean­while, are tend­ing to go be­yond mar­ket lev­els, PKL says.

‘‘ The sta­bil­ity in the econ­omy in the past 12 months has con­tin­ued job cre­ation and wage in­fla­tion,’’ Calder says. ‘‘ The rise in wages can be at­trib­uted to the con­tin­ued short­age of ex­pe­ri­enced and highly skilled staff. Roles are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly spe­cialised, fur­ther re­duc­ing the pool of can­di­dates.

‘‘ Em­ploy­ers most suc­cess­ful in fill­ing po­si­tions rapidly are those that have been more flexible re­gard­ing role spec­i­fi­ca­tions and have fo­cused their at­ten­tions on trans­fer­able skills rather than spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ says Calder.

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