25 September 2023

APSC puts money on remuneration report

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The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has published its annual report on remuneration in the Australian Public Service (APS) as at 31 December 2017.

The report catalogues data on 2,617 Senior Executive Service (SES) officers and 136,710 non-SES employees.

It found the weighted median base wage movement across the APS was 2.5 per cent for the year, while the median total reward increase was 2.3 per cent.

APS Commissioner John Lloyd noted that the average female base salary was 8.4 per cent lower than the average male base salary — an improvement on the previous year’s figure of 8.6 per cent and comparing favourably with the national gender pay gap of 15.3 per cent.

“The main influence on APS pay outcomes was found to be the conclusion of enterprise bargaining at 39 Agencies during 2017, including at the three largest, the Department of Human Services, the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Defence,” Mr Lloyd said.

Other findings from the report included that the median weighted base salaries increased by 2.6 per cent for the SES and 2.5 per cent for non-SES employees.

It found that almost half of APS employees (47%) were enrolled in the Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan (PSSap) and just over 18,000 received performance bonuses, down by six per cent from 2016.

It also found that 57 per cent were between the classifications APS 4 and APS 6 levels with SES employees accounting for less than two per cent of employees.

The Commission’s 64-page remuneration report can be accessed at this PS News link.

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