Seek has released analysis of the pay-rates offered by employers advertising on its site. It’s not a perfect measure and the figures are for the last quarter of 2007 but they still make illuminating reading.
The average salary rose from $55,583 to $57,664 in the quarter but low-skilled pay-rates went backwards. Kitchen staff from $29,625 to $28,831, waiting staff wages from $30,826 to $30,296 , caregivers from $31,967 to $30,894, shop assistants from $32,565 to $31,668 and cleaners from $31,964 to $31,704. Employers report they are offering lower pay because there are more workers available.
This confirms several important things:
To protect vulnerable workers’ pay and conditions we need work rights to be enhanced, not undermined.