SES salaries return to growth, non-SES miss out

By Harley Dennett

August 3, 2016

Close-up shot of a calculator’s keyboard.

The Australian Public Service Commission has released its latest snapshot of Commonwealth remuneration, revealing the 2014 arrest in SES base salaries is already over.

However, non-SES positions largely saw no growth in salaries.

Performance bonuses and motor vehicle allowances both continue their decline.

Two thirds (67.8%) of SES employees receive a motor vehicle allowance, down from 72.3% in one year.

Only 7% of the SES workforce received a performance bonus, a sharp decline from around 30% in 2011.

The median performance bonus values decreased across all SES classifications between 2014 and 2015; however the average increased for the SES 2 and SES 3 classifications.

Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group, 2006 to 2015
Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group, 2006 to 2015

The APSC cautions that the 2015 saw a large number of new engagements, ie new hires — coinciding with the end of the APS hiring freeze. This could be responsible for the arrested growth for entry-level grades:

“Increases in employee engagements can affect median values. This is because newly engaged employees tend to commence on salaries at the bottom of their salary scale.”

The figures do not include agency heads, departmental secretaries and statutory public officers as those salaries fall under the jurisdiction of the Remuneration Tribunal.

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