2010 Australian Public Service remuneration survey: Summary of results

3 Oct 2011

Capturing remuneration data from 105 APS agencies, this annual survey is based on a sample of remuneration data as at 31 December each year.

The Survey was conducted by Mercer Consulting Ltd (Mercer) on behalf of the APSC.

In 2010, Government made the decision to mandate participation for all APS agencies. Accordingly, the 2010 APS Remuneration Survey captured remuneration data from 105 APS agencies, which amounted to 154,282 employee records.

Each participating agency receives four separate reports:

  • the APS SES remuneration report;
  • the APS Non-SES remuneration report;
  • a broader market comparison report; and
  • a confidential, individual agency report comparing their agency's specific remuneration findings with APS-wide data.

The SES, Non-SES and Broader Market Comparison reports are (0)available on the APSC website.

Data in the reports is provided for the following aggregates of data:

  • Base Salary;
  • Total Remuneration Package (TRP), including base salary plus: allowances; superannuation; motor vehicles; and other benefits (including Fringe Benefits Tax where applicable); and
  • Total Reward (TR), including TRP plus: performance bonuses; retention bonuses; and other bonuses.

Key findings

A summary for the 2010 Survey is detailed below. Key findings include:

  • Base salaries increased by 3.4% for non-SES and 5.7% for SES
  • TRP increased by 3.6% for non-SES and 3.3% for SES
  • TR increased by 3.4% for non-SES and 1.7% for SES

While the SES base salary increase of 5.7% is higher than the non-SES outcomes, the TRP and TR figures (3.3% and 1.7%) indicate that a substantial portion of the base salary increase is due to repackaging. Historically SES remuneration has comprised base salary and other key benefits such as an executive vehicle for private use and performance pay. The report shows only 23% of SES now have an executive vehicle (down from 37% in 2009) and 38% were eligible for performance pay (down from 54% in 2009). While the overall package has only increased by 1.7%, agencies are reducing the separate amounts for items such as performance pay and executive vehicles and tending to roll-in these items into base salary. 


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