Media statement: 2016 APS Remuneration Report released

Last updated: 13 Jun 2017

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Release date: 13 June 2016

Today, the annual Australian Public Service (APS) Remuneration Report was released. The report catalogues data on 2,565 Senior Executive Service (SES) and 137,320 non-SES APS employees as at 31 December 2016.

The report provides information on a range of remuneration components in addition to base salary. The main influences on APS pay outcomes were found to be enterprise bargaining and employee mobility.

For the first time, the difference in the average base salary for women compared to men across the APS has been reported.

APS Commissioner John Lloyd noted that "the average female base salary was 8.6% lower than the average male base salary. This compares favourably with the 19.6% gender pay gap in the private sector."

The median base salary movement for SES and non-SES APS staff was 2.3% and 0.3% respectively.

Influencers of these statistics include:

  • The number of staff engaged and promoted during 2016 increased.  The majority of non-SES employees commenced on salaries at the bottom pay point of the relevant classification. This would have caused a downwards impact on remuneration movements.
  • In some agencies where a no vote was recorded SES employees were granted a salary increase. SES employees, with few exceptions, are not covered by enterprise agreements and embrace changes to work more flexibly.  In most of these cases the initial increase was 3%, with lower increases in later years.
  • 37 new APS enterprise agreements were made in 2016. However, nine did not provide the first wage increase until 2017 and so do not influence the data.

"The APS offers salaries and conditions of employment that are fair and in line with community standards," Commissioner Lloyd said.

 The APS Remuneration Report is an Australian Public Service produced report.

For more information about the Report, visit: www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/current-publications/remuneration-surveys

Media: Emma Perkins, 0409 498 006, media@apsc.gov.au