Wages

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Salary


Working paper

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.
Report

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.
Discussion paper

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.
Report

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.
Fact sheet

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.
Briefing paper

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...
Report

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...
Report

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.
Briefing paper

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...
Report

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...
Report

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...
Working paper

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.
Report

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.
Report

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.
Policy report

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.
Report

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.
Report

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'...
Briefing paper

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.
Working paper

Who benefits from firm success? Heterogeneous rent-sharing in New Zealand

The authors of this paper continue their examination of inclusive growth at the firm level by examining heterogeneity in rent sharing in New Zealand using linked employer-employee data.
Report

Teacher workforce: fiction vs fact

Australia’s education outcomes have deteriorated, despite increased spending on teachers and policies to increase the quantity and quality of teachers. This paper challenges several persistent assumptions about the quantity and quality of the teacher workforce and identifies areas of concern supported by data and evidence.