15 August 2007

Wages rising in Australia for nurses and miners

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Australian pay packets are steadily increasing, the Age newspaper reported today. The labour market continues to face a skills shortage and Britons interested in Australian immigration may find employers willing to pay more to secure qualified and experienced workers.

Australian pay packets are steadily increasing, the Age newspaper reported today. The labour market continues to face a skills shortage and Britons interested in Australian immigration may find employers willing to pay more to secure qualified and experienced workers.

Commonwealth Bank economist Joseph Capurso described the 1.1 per cent increase in the three months to June 30th as "strong and sitting at the top end of the range of the past decade".

The figures, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), are of total hourly rates of pay, excluding bonuses. Hourly rates of pay were up by four per cent from the June quarter last year.

Australia's strong economy has driven unemployment down to 4.3 per cent. St George head of economic research Steven Milch told the Age that some sectors of the economy, such as healthcare and mining, were showing stronger wages growth than others.

There was a 4.5 per cent increase in health and community services wages, spelling good news for nurses and other health professionals whose occupations’ presence on the Migration Occupations in Demand List means they could enjoy a streamlined visa application process, as well as increased salary and quality of life upon arrival in Australia.

Wages in the mining sector rose a robust 5.6 per cent in the year to the end of the June 2007. Regionally, the mining boom drove a strong 1.7 per cent rise in wages in Western Australia, and the Northern Territory saw a firm 1.1 per cent rise. Wages rose by 0.9 per cent in Queensland, 0.7 per cent in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT, and 0.6 per cent in South Australia. Also on the MODL, mining engineers should take this as a great incentive to join one of Australia’s blossoming industries.

The research also noted a 4.4 per cent rise in government administration and defence wages. Jobs in the retail, accommodation, cafe and restaurant sectors had smaller increases.

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