Australia expects a demand for skills in the digital transformation arena and many industries in Australia drive their growth through technical specialists and knowledge expertise. As a result, starting IT salaries are expected to rise as technology continues to play a pivotal role in many organisations. Top jobs that are in demand include DevOps Engineers, Cyber Securities Specialists and Data Scientists. (Robert Walters 2020 salary guide)
The table below shows some job roles of Australian professionals. The ranges are mainly for professionals from New South Wales, and they may defer based on the territories. Please refer to the Robert Walters 2020 Salary Survey for more information.
27% of the tech sector labour force expect a 1-3% annual increase in salary, another 24% expect a 3-6% annual increase in salary while 21% expect no increase.
The minimum wage is at AUD$753.80 per month or AUS$19.84 per hour.
Employees are paid bi-weekly (every second week), bi-monthly (15th and 30th), or monthly (28th to 30th).
Standard 38 hours work week.
Each industry award and agreement has its own overtime rules. Most awards allow for overtime of 38 hours per week, or in excess of 10 hours per day.
Compensation is based on agreement in contract. An overtime policy is recommended, stating how overtime requests will be made, allocated, recorded and monitored.
The public holidays differ across regions and can be found here.
Full-time employees are entitled to 4 weeks of paid leave per year. Employees who work in shifts receive 5 weeks of paid leave per year.
10 days of paid leave inclusive of leave to take care of family members.
12 months of unpaid maternity leave after working for 1 year with employer. Employees may also apply to the Federal Government Scheme which provides 18 weeks of paid maternity leave.
Fathers are entitled to 5 days unpaid leave at time of birth or adoption of child. They may also apply to the Federal Government for additional leave.
If the employee has been working for 1 year, they are entitled to unpaid leave that lasts for 1 year, and it is possible to request an additional 1 year from the employer.
Termination process depends on years of employment, company size and type of employment.
Severance pay or redundancy pay depends on whether it is termination with cause or without cause.
Not mandatory. Employees on probation will receive the same entitlements as someone who isn’t in a probation period. This includes receiving notice when employment ends and having their unused accumulated annual leave hours paid out even if they fail the probation.