The 2018 Professional Scientists Employment & Remuneration Survey Report found significant concern among Australia’s scientists about resourcing and hours of work.
Fewer resources is leading to over-work with survey respondents averaging 45.3 hours per week including 7.1 hours of overtime. Only 5.9 per cent received monetary payment in recognition of their additional hours, a significant issue in view of the 12.3 per cent of respondents reporting that they were expected to work longer hours in the past year compared to the previous one. The average number of hours worked per week was greatest for those working in Teaching or training and Sales and marketing roles. Respondents were most frequently compensated for additional hours worked in Local government and the State public sector and least frequently in Education.
Are you being paid for those hours? Tell us here.
We are conducting a survey to find out whether you are being properly rewarded and recognised for your efforts under the current Professional Employees Award.
Your contribution to this short five minute survey will form part of the submission into the current Award which we feel does not appropriately pay for the additional hours you work.
An astounding 42.9 per cent said they were considering leaving their current job – up on the 34.8 per cent reported in last year’s survey. Respondents reported the factors that would alter their intention were greater job security (40.9 per cent), a pay increase (50.2 per cent) and greater professional development opportunities (45.7 per cent). Greater job security, improved work/life balance and more flexible work arrangements were rated more highly on average as factors that would alter respondents’ intention to leave their current job for women than for men.
- Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Report
- Assessing your development needs
- Continuing Professional Development