1. Executive summary
From 2015 to 2016, the median Base Salary for non-SES classifications increased by 0.3%, while the median Base Salary for SES classifications increased by 2.3%. The overall median Base Salary movement for all APS employees was 0.3%.
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 2016 calendar year saw 37 new agreements voted up. As a number of these were voted up late in the year, it is unlikely that all of the first general wage increases were in pay systems by 31 December 2016.
Ongoing engagements increased from 5,836 in 2015, to 11,192 in 2016. Ongoing promotions also increased from 6,988 in 2015 to 12,786 in 2016. These increases can affect median values as newly engaged or promoted employees tend to commence of 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. There was a slight increase in 2016. SES classifications have had an increase in median Base Salary in both 2015 and 2016, after remaining stable in 2014. Further historical breakdown by classification is in Section 6: Historical Data.
At the SES classifications, the use of performance bonuses has continued to decline (see Section 3.3: Performance Bonus for details). The proportion of SES employees receiving a motor vehicle allowance remained steady with only a small reduction, from 67.8% to 67.5% (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 97.1% at the SES 3 classification to 101.6% at the APS 6 classification. The median Base Salary for women is within 1% of the median Base Salary for men at eight classifications. Across the whole workforce, the average women's Base Salary was 8.6% lower than the average men's Base Salary.
Figure 1.1: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group, 2007 to 2016
Figure 1.2: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification, 2015 to 2016
Figure 1.3: Percentage change in median TRP by classification, 2015 to 2016
Figure 1.4: Percentage change in median TR by classification, 2015 to 2016