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1. Executive summary

From 2014 to 2015, the median Base Salary for non-SES classifications increased by 0.1%, while the median Base Salary for SES classifications increased by 1.4%. The overall median Base Salary movement for all APS employees was 0.1%.

The median is the midpoint of all values. The median Base Salary is affected by a number of factors including general salary increases, performance-based incremental advancements and employee mobility.

Enterprise bargaining in the 2015 calendar year saw 24 new agreements made. As a number of these were made late in the year, it is unlikely that first general wage increases were in pay systems by 31 December 2015.

In 2015 ongoing engagements increased by 115%, from 2,717 in 2014 to 5,830 in 2015. Ongoing promotions also increased from 1,449 in 2014 to 6,944 in 2015. These increases can affect median values as newly engaged or promoted employees tend to commence on salaries at the bottom of their salary scale.

Figure 1.1 shows the year-on-year proportional change in median Base Salary for non-SES and SES employees over the past ten years. It shows that for non-SES classifications, while the median Base Salary remained stable in 2014 and 2015, this has been preceded by a decade of constant remuneration growth. SES classifications have had an increase in median Base Salary after remaining stable in 2014. Further historical breakdown by classification is in Section 6: Historical Data.

At the SES classifications, the change in the population arising from machinery of government changes is likely to have influenced the median movement.

At the SES classifications, the use of performance bonuses has continued to decline (see Section 3.3: Performance Bonus for details). There has also been a reduction in the proportion of SES employees receiving a motor vehicle allowance, from 72.3% to 67.8% (see Section 3.2: Motor Vehicle Allowances for details).

The median Base Salary for women, as a proportion of the median Base Salary for men, is between 97.6% at the Graduate classification to 100.4% at the APS 1 and the APS 5 classifications. With the exception of the Graduate and SES 2 classifications, the median Base Salary for women is within 1% of the median Base Salary for men at all classifications (see Table 5.4).

Figure 1.1: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group, 2006 to 2015

Source: Table 6.2

Table 1.1: Median key remuneration components summary
Classification Base Salary median $ Base Salary median movement 2014 to 2015 % Total Remuneration Package (TRP) median $ TRP median movement 2014 to 2015 % Total Reward (TR) median $ TR median movement 2014 to 2015 %
Note: Base Salary is the full time annualised salary, Total Remuneration Package (TRP) is Base Salary plus benefits, and Total Reward (TR) is TRP plus bonuses.
Graduate 60,158 0.0 69,422 0.1 69,422 0.1
APS 1 47,736 1.6 55,371 0.9 55,633 1.0
APS 2 54,588 0.0 63,581 0.0 64,306 -0.9
APS 3 61,512 0.0 72,116 0.0 72,199 -0.1
APS 4 69,239 0.0 80,152 -0.1 80,395 -0.5
APS 5 74,451 0.2 87,417 0.0 87,547 -0.3
APS 6 86,923 0.1 102,361 0.1 102,654 0.0
EL 1 108,382 0.3 127,269 0.2 127,701 0.0
EL 2 133,905 0.0 158,707 0.4 159,399 0.2
SES 1 181,006 1.3 239,880 0.7 240,811 0.8
SES 2 232,644 1.1 299,878 0.1 300,713 0.2
SES 3 312,000 3.3 395,599 1.7 396,453 0.8

Figure 1.2: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification, 2014 to 2015

Source: Table 2.1

Figure 1.3: Percentage change in median Total Remuneration Package by classification, 2014 to 2015

Source: Table 2.2

Figure 1.4: Percentage change in median Total Reward by classification, 2014 to 2015

Source: Table 2.4