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22% of Aussie workers are hoping for a pay raise

Are you hoping to get a pay rise any time soon?

According to the latest research from Finder, Australian workers are looking to their employers for some relief amid a cost of living crisis.

The research shows 1 in 6 workers (17%) negotiated a higher salary over the past 3 months – 9% have talked their employer into raising their pay, while 8% earned a pay bump by switching jobs.

Essential Workers

This includes 13% who say they are in the process of trying to negotiate their pay and 9% who want a raise but are afraid to ask.

Graham Cooke, Head of Consumer Research at Finder commented:

“The lack of migrants and backpackers has severely dampened the number of workers, including in sectors like agriculture which traditionally rely on labour supply from overseas.

We’re also in the midst of a Covid surge as well as the worst flu season in years, which means at any one time a large portion of a company’s employees is off sick.”

Industries that most likely to increase staff wages

ABS data shows the industries most likely to increase staff wages over the next 3 months are administrative and support services (59%), accommodation and food services (42%), and information media and telecommunications services (40%).

At the other end of the spectrum, those working in electricity, gas, water and waste services (15%), health care and social assistance (20%), and construction (22%) are the least likely to receive a pay bump.

Industries Most Likely To Increase Wages

Mr Cooke further commented:

“Many Australians are praying for a pay bump to ease the cost of living pressures.

If you think you deserve more money but your employer won’t budge, it can’t hurt to see what other roles are out there – just don’t sacrifice your long-term career goals for a short-term pay rise."

Other findings from the research

  • Male employees (19%) are more likely than their female counterparts (14%) to have negotiated a higher salary within the past 3 months.
  • More than half of gen Z workers (58%) have recently negotiated or are hoping for a pay rise, compared to 47% of millennials and 25% of gen X.

About Robert Chandra is a Property Strategist at Metropole and has an intrinsic understanding of property markets backed by many years of real estate experience. This coupled with several degrees gives him a holistic perspective with which he can diagnose clients’ circumstances and goals and formulate strategies to bridge the gap.
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