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Time series analysis

This section contains time series analyses for the main components of remuneration, based on the results of previous surveys. When reviewing the time series data, it is important to take into account changes in the composition of the sample (i.e. the agencies participating from one survey period to the next) from year to year as well as changes to survey questions. These changes can impact data results and should be considered when viewing statistical outcomes.

In 2010, the overall number of SES employees included in the survey has increased from 2009 by ~14 per cent.

The time series data provided covers the period from 2005 to 2010 inclusive.

Base Salary, Total Remuneration Package and Total Reward

For SES 1 employees, Chart 6.1 illustrates median Base Salary, TRP and TR values from 2005 to 2010, while Chart 6.2 shows the year on year overall percentage movements.

Chart 6.1 – Median Actual Base Salary, TRP and TR from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1

Chart 6.2 – Median Percentage Movements for Base Salary, TRP and TR from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1

Charts 6.1 and 6.2 show that, whilst the median payment at all remuneration aggregates has increased from one year to the next, the rate of increase has varied significantly over the last six years.

The slow-down of growth for all aggregates in 2005, and subsequent increases and decreases noted in following years, are mainly due to remuneration management practices, rather than being a result of any methodological change. In 2009 and 2010, the drop in the number of SES employees receiving performance bonuses, due most likely to the challenging economic environment and government policy, has impacted on the percentage movement of total reward.

For SES 2 employees, Chart 6.3 illustrates median Base Salary, TRP and TR values from 2005 to 2010, while Chart 6.4 shows the year on year overall percentage movements.

Chart 6.3 – Median Actual Base Salary, TRP and TR from 2005 to 2010 for SES 2

Chart 6.4 – Median Percentage Movements for Base Salary, TRP and TR from 2005 to 2010 for SES 2

Similar to the SES 1 results, Charts 6.3 and 6.4 show that, whilst the median payment at all remuneration aggregates has increased from one year to the next, the rate of increase has varied significantly over the last six years.

For all remuneration aggregates, a decrease in movements occurred in 2005, although the movements progressively increased from 2006 to 2008. Whilst Base Salary and TR movements for SES 2 employees have decreased from 2009, movements in TRP movements have increased.

For SES 3 employees, Chart 6.5 illustrates median Base Salary, TRP and TR values from 2005 to 2010, while Chart 6.6 shows the year on year overall percentage movements.

Chart 6.5 – Median Actual Base Salary, TRP and TR from 2005 to 2010 for SES 3

Chart 6.6 – Median Percentage Movements for Base Salary, TRP and TR from 2005 to 2010 for SES 3

Charts 6.5 and 6.6 show that, similar to other SES classifications, whilst median remuneration has increased from one year to the next, the rate of increase has varied significantly over the past six years.

Superannuation

Table 6.1 presents median superannuation contribution values from 2005 to 2010 for each SES classification. Table 6.2 provides the associated percentage increases over the same period.

Table 6.1 – Median Superannuation Values from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1, SES 2 and SES 3
Band 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
SES 1 $26,460 $23,105 $22,562 $23,485 $25,383 $26,671
SES 2 $35,805 $37,826 $39,286 $42,128 $34,264 $35,731
SES 3 $48,546 $50,093 $55,151 $56,929 $48,521 $48,041
Table 6.2 – Percentage Increase in Median Superannuation Values from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1, SES 2 and SES 3
Band 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
SES 1 -2.6% -12.7% -2.4% 4.1% 8.1% 5.1%
SES 2 -0.2% 5.6% 3.9% 7.2% -18.7% 4.3%
SES 3 6.9% 3.2% 10.1% 3.2% -14.8% -1.0%

Tables 6.1 and 6.2 show significant variation in median superannuation movements across SES classifications, ranging from -12.7 per cent to 8.1 per cent for SES 1, -18.7 per cent to 7.2 per cent for SES 2 and -14.8 per cent to 10.1 per cent for SES 3.

An in-depth analysis of all superannuation contributions is presented for each SES classification in Section 3.

Motor vehicles

Note also that the actual vehicle cost data collected in the APS Remuneration Surveys are based on a flexible costing methodology (tailored to the precise circumstances of the agency and the employee).

Table 6.3 presents median motor vehicle costs from 2005 to 2010 for each SES classification.

Table 6.3 – Median Motor Vehicle Costs from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1, SES 2 and SES 3
Band 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
SES 1 $21,592 $22,000 $22,500 $24,880 $25,000 $25,000
SES 2 $22,000 $22,660 $23,500 $25,419 $26,100 $26,228
SES 3 $23,493 $23,485 $24,538 $26,526 $26,639 $27,053

Table 6.4 provides the associated percentage increases over the same period.

Table 6.4 – Percentage Increase in Median Motor Vehicle Costs from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1, SES 2 and SES 3
Band 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
SES 1 4.2% 1.9% 0.0% 10.6% 0.5% 0.0%
SES 2 1.9% 3.0% 0.7% 8.2% 2.7% 0.5%
SES 3 -0.4% 0.0% -5.2% 8.1% 0.4% 1.6%

Tables 6.3 and 6.4 show that since 2005 median motor vehicle costs have generally increased, though the percentage increases have not been consistent. With most agencies now determining an actual budgeted amount or adopting an actual cost method, increases in leasing, petrol, maintenance, registration and insurance costs are reflected in car values.

Performance bonuses

Overall, the percentage of SES employees eligible to participate in a performance bonus arrangement who actually received a performance bonus payment has varied from year to year, ranging from 84 per cent in 2005 to 91 per cent in 2010, 2009 and 2007. These results are shown in Table 6.5.

Table 6.5 – Percentage of Eligible SES Employees Receiving a Performance Bonus from 2005 to 2010
Band 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Overall 84% 90% 91% 88% 91% 91%

Table 6.6 shows the shifts in median actual bonus payments since 2005, while Table 6.7 shows the percentage increases for the same period. This data includes all valid $0 records, meaning that non-payments to eligible employees have been included.

Table 6.6 – Median Performance Bonuses from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1, SES 2 and SES 3
Band 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
SES 1 $5,972 $8,050 $9,625 $8,004 $8,955 $7,972
SES 2 $8,863 $11,318 $13,800 $12,600 $14,078 $12,768
SES 3 $13,000 $15,777 $19,793 $15,564 $20,114 $7,000
Table 6.7 – Percentage Change in Median Performance Bonuses from 2005 to 2010 for SES 1, SES 2 and SES 3
Band 2005 2006 2006 2008 2009 2010
SES 1 2.9% 34.8% 19.6% -16.8% 11.9% -11.0%
SES 2 1.7% 27.7% 21.9% -8.7% 11.7% -9.3%
SES 3 6.8% 21.4% 25.5% -21.4% 29.2% -65.2%

Tables 6.6 and 6.7 show payment of performance bonuses has varied significantly over the past five years, with payments following an upward trend across the bands until 2008 when percentage changes then decreased before increasing in 2009 and decreasing again in 2010. This variance is most noticeable at SES 3, with ranges from 29.2 per cent in 2009 changing to -65.2 per cent in 2010.