The times they aren’t a-changin (enough)
This report examines the barriers to closing the gender gap by reviewing Australia’s position within the industrial countries of the OECD. The report also uses data from the ABS and the ATO to highlight gender disparities across all levels of income, ranges of occupation and...
Did labour market concentration lower wages growth pre-COVID?
Prior to COVID-19, wages growth in Australia was somewhat lower than was expected based on historical determinants. This paper examines concentration in Australian labour markets and its impacts on wages using a large and representative database derived from administrative tax data.
Profit-price spiral: the truth behind Australia’s inflation
The focus in current anti-inflation policy on suppressing wage growth, enforcing a permanent reduction in real wages, while ignoring the role of record profits in driving post-pandemic inflation reflects an ahistorical and ideological approach to macroeconomic management, writes Jim Stanford.
A decade of wages lost
This report sheds light on the scale and impact of the Australia's nominal wage increases and their recent decline.
Collective bargaining and wage growth in Australia
The weakness of wage growth in Australia over the past decade has been extreme by both historic and international standards. The authors of this report argue that the reforms proposed in the 'Secure Jobs, Better Wages' Bill represent important, but incremental steps in restoring a...
Gender Equity Insights 2022: the state of inequality in Australia
This edition of the Gender Equity Insights series looks at Australia’s gender pay gap and finds that it could narrow by a third if a more balanced gender concentration was achieved across all industries and occupations.
Treasury Round Up: Productivity edition - October 2022
This edition of the Treasury Round Up looks at a range of issues that affect productivity in the Australian economy.
Labour market policies for inclusiveness: a literature review with a gap analysis
This paper reviews the role of specific fiscal spending and transfer programmes in shaping labour market dynamics by disentangling different macroeconomic and microeconomic mechanisms.
Australian Public Service remuneration report 2021
The Australian Public Service (APS) remuneration report 2021 presents a summary of remuneration paid to APS employees under the Public Service Act 1999 as at 31 December 2021. The report provides APS agencies with data that informs their remuneration practices.
Are wages or profits driving Australia’s inflation? An analysis of the National Accounts
The distributional consequences of record high profits and record low real wage growth have been widely discussed in Australia recently, but the data presented in this paper suggests that rising profits are now the major driver of inflation.
The gender pay gap in the health and care sector: a global analysis in the time of COVID-19
COVID-19 has shone a light on the critical importance of health and care workers, who were applauded and celebrated. This report provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the gender pay gap in the health and care sector – a sector in which women predominate.
The gender pay gap by age group - June 2022
The data outlined in this resource further highlights the importance of workplace policies and practices that enable equal participation of women and men throughout their working lives.
Wages, prices, and the 2022 federal election
The recent federal election featured important debate regarding the recent acceleration of inflation in Australia, and whether and how wages should be boosted to keep up with higher prices. This briefing paper reviews the detailed findings of an exit poll regarding wages, prices and the...
Feeling the pinch
This report explores how Australian Service Union members working in clerical and administrative roles in the private sector are faring under these conditions. It provides insight into their wages and their satisfaction with their wages, their perceptions around their financial situation and the cost of...
Wage norms and the link to public sector salary caps
This report examines the escalating cost of living and retention crisis for New South Wales public sector workers.
Wage price spiral or price wage spiral?
While significant concerns have been raised about the inflationary impacts of a five percent increase in the minimum wage, in reality, the authors of this paper argue that the direct inflationary impact of a five percent increase in all wages is only 1.27 percent, and...
The case for living wages
As a key pathway to addressing poverty, living wages are rich in business benefits. This report argues that the payment of living wages remains one of the most powerful routes to help people out of poverty, realise human rights, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals...
The wages crisis: revisited
A comprehensive review of Australian wage trends indicates that wage growth is likely to remain stuck at historically weak levels - despite the dramatic disruptions experienced by the Australian labour market through the COVID-19 pandemic. This report finds that targeted policies to deliberately lift wages...
The JobKeeper payment: how good are wage subsidies?
In this paper, the authors estimate the effect of the Australian JobKeeper payment COVID-19 wage subsidy on payroll jobs and wages at the employer-level using novel administrative datasets.
Social Dialogue Report 2022: collective bargaining for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery
This report examines the role of collective bargaining in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on employment and earnings, helping to cushion inequality, while reinforcing the resilience of enterprises and labour markets. The report considers the contribution of collective bargaining to a human-centred recovery.
Wage cutting strategies in the mining industry: the cost to workers and communities - an update
This report examines the economic impact of the increased use of labour-hire in key mining communities across Australia.
Stuck in neutral: the policy architecture driving slow wage growth in Australia
This report begins by describing trends in wage growth in Australia over the last 14 years. It then identifies the policy positions of the federal government since assuming office in 2013 that have contributed to slow wage growth.
Profits and the pandemic: as shareholder wealth soared, workers were left behind
This report examines the pay practices and financial outcomes at some of America's best-known companies in sectors spanning retail, delivery, fast food, hotels and entertainment. Together, the 22 companies employ more than 7 million frontline workers.
Systemic, sustained and shameful: unlawful underpayment of employees' remuneration
Wage theft on a broad scale is a relatively new phenomenon and creates significant problems for Australian labour market regulation. An increasing evidence base, and a plethora of media investigations, suggest that non-compliance with Australia's minimum employment laws has become pervasive, as well as 'endemic'...
Budget analysis 2022-23: a budget to get to the May election – but no further
The Morrison Government has tabled its budget for the 2022-23 financial year. In this briefing paper, the Centre for Future Work's team of economists unpacks the budget, considers its effects and suggests alternatives.