Wages

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Fact sheet

Fact Check: Anthony Albanese says Australia's real wages have 'flatlined' for eight years. Is he correct?

After being overly optimistic with its wage forecasts for years, Federal Treasury is now, according to Labor, predicting that real wages will fall. RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates. The verdict: Mr Albanese is close to the mark.
Working paper

Do workers share in firm success?

This document reports on the extent to which firm financial performance is passed on to workers in the form of higher wages and the degree to which this pass-through has changed over the period 2002-2018.
Report

Stuck in neutral: the policy architecture driving slow wages growth in Australia

Australian workers are enduring a sustained period of low wage growth, in both the private and public sectors, in all Australian jurisdictions. This report examines seven policy preferences of the federal government, and their effects on wage growth.
Report

Just reward: the case for a wage rise after COVID-19

The Fair Work Commission’s 2021 Annual Wage Review is occurring in the context of the most uncertain economic outlook Australia has experienced in decades. This report outlines the case for a significant increase in the minimum wage, which will flow through to higher take-home pay...
Report

Things you can’t drop on your feet: an overview of Australia’s services sector productivity

Australia’s economy, like that of almost all other rich countries, is increasingly dominated by its service sector. This paper sheds light on the evolution of the services sector in Australia, busts some common misconceptions about services, and highlights the challenges associated with services productivity measurement...
Report

COVID-19 wage subsidy support and effects

This document provides a brief preliminary analysis of the short-run impact of COVID-19 and the government’s Covid Wage Subsidy (CWS) response on labour market flows.
Report

Report of Valuing the Teaching Profession - an independent inquiry

In early 2020, the NSW Teachers Federation resolved to commission an independent inquiry into the state of the teaching profession in the public schools of NSW and the significant changes that have affected the profession since 2004. This report outlines the inquiry's findings.
Briefing paper

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021: briefing note

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated just how damaging job insecurity is, not only to individual workers and their families, but to society as a whole. This briefing paper lays out the Bill’s provisions and Per Capita's arguments against them.
Briefing paper

How non-union agreements suppress wage growth – and why the Omnibus Bill will lead to more of them

This report illustrates how the Morrison Government's omnibus industrial relations bill will lead to a significant increase in employer-designed enterprise agreements (EA) that reduce workers' pay and conditions, rather than improve them—signalling a return to the WorkChoices pattern of EA-making and putting further downward pressure...
Report

Wage theft: the shadow market

The exploitation of temporary migrant workers in Australia is a common and known problem that appears to be endemic throughout Australian workplaces. This report focuses on the audit results of foreign language jobs advertised in NSW, excluding the horticultural industry.