WORKOUT Brisbane salaries narrow their gap
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.