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Executive summary

In the Australian Public Service (APS), the overall median Base Salary movement for all APS employees, taking into account both general salary increases and incremental advancement, from 2012 to 2013 was 3.0%.

From 2012 to 2013 the median Base Salary for non–Senior Executive Service (SES) classifications increased by 2.9% while the median Base Salary for SES classifications increased by 3.8%.

In 2013, the final general wage increases in APS enterprise agreements that cover non-SES employees were paid during the 2013 calendar year for the vast majority of agreements. The median movement figures for non-SES employees are consistent with the outcomes of these increases.

The reduction in the number of APS positions advertised for filling reported in the 2012 APS Remuneration Report continued in 2013.  In 2013 there was a reduction of 35% in the total number of jobs gazetted on the APSjobs website compared with 2012. In 2012 there was just over 20,700 employment outcomes gazetted compared with around 15,400 employment outcomes in 2013.

The result of lower employee mobility is that a large proportion of APS employees are remaining at the same classification in the same agency. When employees remain at the same classification for long periods, they are likely to have reached the top of the salary scale for their classification. This underpins the general trend in the value of the median base salary at the non-SES classification levels being close to the third quartile value.

Non–ongoing APS employees are generally paid at the lower pay points in a salary scale due to the limited duration of the non–ongoing contracts (see explanation at Section 5: Additional Information).

Of note at the SES classifications, the SES 3 level median Base Salary movement from 2012 to 2013 was 6.0%. When the data sets for 2012 and 2013 for this classification are compared, the point of greatest difference (6%) falls at the median. This is a statistical result that can occur with small sample groups, which are vulnerable to statistical anomalies. The average Base Salary increase was half this at 3.0%.

At the SES classifications the use of performance bonuses in 2013 has dropped markedly. This continues a general trend reported since 2008. This reduction in use is greatest at the SES 1 classification. There has also been a reduction in the use of motor vehicle allowances from 77.4% to 74.5% in the SES levels.

The Public Sector Superannuation Scheme and Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan are the superannuation funds for 89.1% of the APS workforce in 2013. Only 5.1% of APS employees were members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme, down from 5.6% in 2012, with approximately 34.5% of them aged 55 years or over. However these members represent a significant proportion of the SES workforce: 23.8% at the SES 1 level, 34.7% at the SES 2 level and 38.7% at the SES 3 level.

Women’s median Base Salary as a proportion of men’s median Base Salary is between 96.1% at the APS 1 classification to 100.4% at the APS 3 classification. With the exception of the APS 1 and Graduate APS classifications, women’s median Base Salary is within 1% of men’s median Base Salary for all classifications.

Table 1.1: Median key remuneration components summary
Classification Base Salary median ($1) Base Salary median movement 2012–2013 (%) Total Remuneration Package (TRP) median TRP median movement 2012–2013 (%) Total Reward (TR) median ($) TR median movement 2012–2013
Source: Tables 2.1, 2.2 and 2.4

Note: Base Salary is the full time annualised salary, Total Remuneration Package (TRP) is Base Salary plus benefits, and Total Reward is TRP plus bonuses. For definitions see Appendix A.2.
Graduate 60871 6.9 69966 6.5 69966 6.5
APS 1 45263 3.0 53155 4.2 53421 4.0
APS 2 54588 3.0 63580 2.5 64635 3.4
APS 3 61512 3.1 71951 3.8 72514 3.8
APS 4 69038 3.2 79902 3.0 81018 3.8
APS 5 74331 2.5 86826 3.1 87394 3.0
APS 6 86844 2.8 101429 3.2 101849 3.0
EL 1 108013 3.0 126019 3.1 127068 3.0
EL 2 133777 2.5 157033 3.1 158519 3.0
SES 1 178330 3.7 235706 3.2 236576 2.7
SES 2 229949 3.9 294968 3.3 297195 2.9
SES 3 300000 6.0 379486 4.6 382817 4.5

Figure 1.1: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification

Figure 1.1: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification

Source: Table 2.1

Figure 1.2: Percentage change in median Total Remuneration Package by classification

Figure 1.2: Percentage change in median Total Remuneration Package by classification

Source: Table 2.2

Figure 1.3: Percentage change in median Total Reward by classification

Figure 1.3: Percentage change in median Total Reward by classification

Source: Table 2.4