WORK­OUT En­gi­neers’ pay rises twice in­fla­tion rate

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

AS the re­sources train takes the na­tion to pros­per­ity, en­gi­neers are reap­ing the ben­e­fits. Boom­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects around the coun­try have in­creased the de­mand for en­gi­neers, and this has raised their salaries to new lev­els.

The Aus­tralian sit­u­a­tion re­flects a global phe­nom­e­non of skills short­age in en­gi­neer­ing ar­eas.

Salaries for en­gi­neers have risen by about 6 per cent — at twice the in­fla­tion rate — says the latest sur­vey on salaries re­leased by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neers, Sci­en­tists and Man­agers Aus­tralia (APESMA).

Last year, the an­nual in­crease was 5.6 per cent.

‘‘ The re­search shows that en­gi­neers out­side the ma­jor en­gi­neer­ing dis­ci­plines recorded the high­est av­er­age in­crease in base salaries of 6.9 per cent,’’ says APESMA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, in­dus­trial re­la­tions, Ge­off Fary.

‘‘ Pro­fes­sional en­gi­neers lo­cated in the re­source-rich states of West­ern Aus­tralia and Queens­land are clearly in de­mand, record­ing the high­est av­er­age an­nual in­crease in base salaries of 7.1 per cent and 6.2 per cent, re­spec­tively,’’ Fary says.

‘‘ It is es­ti­mated that in the next 10 years, more than $500 bil­lion will be spent on in­fra­struc­ture projects in Aus­tralia in the pub­lic and private sec­tors, in ar­eas such as roads, rail, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, all of which will re­quire sig­nif­i­cant en­gi­neer­ing re­sources.’’

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