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Transition Layer
18th Aug 2005, 23:30
Wages crack the $1000 barrier
By Matt Wade - SMH
August 19, 2005

A pay packet of $1000 a week is no longer anything to brag about.

Full-time adult ordinary-time earnings - the benchmark for Australia's average wage - rose to $1008.10 a week in the three months to May 31, or $52,432 a year, the Bureau of Statistics announced yesterday.

Full-time women workers are yet to reach the new pay landmark, averaging $906 a week compared with men on $1064.

Miners are the nation's best paid workers among the categories measured by the bureau, with ordinary-time earnings averaging just over $82,000 a year, followed by finance and insurance workers on $65,218.

Accommodation, restaurant and cafe workers received the lowest full-time earnings with $36,556 a year. The army of retail workers average $43,508 - nearly $9000 less than the national average.

Wages in the construction industry have risen by about $9000 in the past three years, outpacing the $5000 rise in annual average wages across all industries.

"Workers in the construction sector have benefited Ö first from the housing boom and now the infrastructure boom," said CommSec economist Craig James.

Total earnings for male construction workers jumped 16.1 per cent in the past year.

Workers in the ACT are Australia's highest paid workers with an average of $1167 a week, followed by NSW on $1051.

In NSW, the average annual wage of $54,662 is about $3000 more than in Victoria and $5000 higher than Queensland. Tasmania had the lowest average full-time wage of $890 a week, or $46,280 a year.

The bureau's weekly earnings figures showed wages grew 6 per cent in the year to May.

While wages are not putting significant pressure on inflation, several economists warned that if wages growth continued, the chances of an interest rate increase would rise.

When overtime and bonuses are added, the national average weekly wage is $1060.80 for an annual salary of $55,161.

Take note everyone. Not only is it unacceptable for those who aren't receiving the GA award, but the award itself is far too low. A Multi-Engine IFR RPT pilot earns around the $40,000 mark on the award. Clearly it is not enough if retail workers are earning more. AFAP take not!


19th Aug 2005, 00:51
$40,000 Per Year!!!

And I thought that I was on my way to the top of the rich list earning $25,000/yr working 64 hours a week...

Try taking a look at the New Zealand industry.

Capn Bloggs
19th Aug 2005, 00:57
Workers in the construction sector have benefited Ö first from the housing boom and now the infrastructure boom
More likely "United we bargain, divided we beg...".

19th Aug 2005, 02:22
And for your pleasure or displeasure here is a short list of real world figures that I have compiled.

Police officer - Senior sergeant $70,000 (minimal overtime)

Retail store manager $51,000

Retail sales assistant $42,000 (includes overtime)

Train guard $70,000 (includes overtime)

Train driver $102,000 (heaps of overtime included, read - no life)

Transition Layer
20th Aug 2005, 05:53

Try taking a look at the New Zealand industry

I don't think that's really relevant. The figures I provided were for Australia and if things are as grim as you suggest in NZ, it would go some way to explaining why there's so many kiwis in Australia.

Just because it's crap in NZ doesn't mean it has to be crap here.


Turbo 5B
20th Aug 2005, 06:52
Level 3 Lame at qantas....
$51,500 without shift loading.
$3,000 below the average wage for NSW .

20th Aug 2005, 16:18
Kaptin M I love having [email protected] like you around makes me smile when I come home pissed from enjoying my life as a happy pilot.:p

20th Aug 2005, 18:45
The figures I provided were for Australia and if things are as grim as you suggest in NZ, it would go some way to explaining why there's so many kiwis in Australia.

Just because it's crap in NZ doesn't mean it has to be crap here.

All I was trying to point out, in my previous post, is that you guys & girls in Australia are not as hard done by as you think.

Yes, you do earn a whole lot less than the average Joe Bloggs, but it's pretty fair to say that Australia is not the only place this is happening.

At least you have a reward system. New Zealand is so far behind the times that a GA pilot on $25,000 a year is considered a very wealthy person. Even the folks at Origin are rapped with their new pay rise, J31 F/O's are on a massive $29,000. J41 F/O's $34,000 and they still turn up to work with smiles on their faces, well most of them do,

Sorry if I have offended you.


20th Aug 2005, 18:46
Middle East air traffic controllers make a little more than double the average Aussie income...tax free:E :E :E

21st Aug 2005, 01:33

Further to your earlier post..... Yes I agree whole heaterdly with your comments. The hardest thing IS leaving your home country. Why would you? I was employed in a former life by an airline for just under 6 years, time to Command would have been about another 9 (subject to all those "Grand Plans" which I'm still waiting for....). The tax rate was a killer at close to 50c in the $. Lifestyle was great but career progression was basically nil.

I'm now closer to a command with an airline o/s even if the former airline employer still existed. Lifestyle is certainly different, but at the moment I'm enjoying it. I have no illusions that this attitude may change in the future, but for now....

"You should have tried Virgin Blue!!" the comments will come. Should I? How's the Command progression there at the moment??

The tax rate at under 20c is delicious!!!!:ok:


21st Aug 2005, 02:04
Cant third world countries like NZ fark off out off this forum.

Whilst surprised they can even afford internet connections, I propose they get there own forum on pprune. They could then have an uninterrupted debate on who will work for the lowest salary. Gypsies get out!:mad:

21st Aug 2005, 02:27
poto comes home pissed?
Which airline you work for mate?

Freddy Fudpucker
21st Aug 2005, 02:53
Only got ourselves to blame for the sorry state of pilot wages. We can bleat on and on about management and wannabes doing everything they can to undermine our positions, but in the end it aint gonna change unless everybody presents a united front. It is a never ending circle on proon that people winge about pay and conditions but nothing is ever done.
Well join the friggin union, present a united front and be prepared to do what is necessary. simple.
Is it not the case that in NZ they have the same system of employment that our inspiring PM wants to bring into Australia? sweet choice hey bro.

21st Aug 2005, 08:21

..learn how to spel


22nd Aug 2005, 01:42

Wat??? If you are talking about the lack of apostrophe with respect to "canít;" then woopdy-doo son!