The annual Professional Scientists Remuneration Survey Summary Report released today shows cost-cutting
is impacting 77.3 percent of Australia’s science organisations.
“Science and technology organisations are the centrepiece of Australian innovation. These figures are a wake
up call. Our future productivity relies on science and technology capabilities, yet we are clearly failing to
properly invest in and support our scientists,” said Chris Walton, CEO of Professionals Australia.
“One third of survey respondents reported being dissatisfied in their role. That is a very concerning figure,
given scientists drive the new technologies, intellectual capacity and technical rigour Australia needs for
“Attracting and retaining talented scientists mean appropriately recognising their contribution to national
productivity. Malcolm Turnbull says he wants Australia to be the innovation nation, which means having the
confidence to back our scientists and pay them properly.
“Leading labour market indicators point to only modest employment growth in the near term. Many scientists
will look to the international job market seeking employment certainty if Government does not address these
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb endorsed the report, noting that while many scientists don’t
opt for science as a career for the money but because they are passionate about the work.
“Organisations that rely on science and technology capability must have recognition and reward strategies
that will over the longer-term ensure a sustainable, responsive and adaptable science workforce,” said
“This report from Professional Scientists Australia provides an overview of remuneration levels that
organisations can reference to help attract and retain science and R&D talent. It is, in that sense, an
important contribution to ensuring Australia has an agile and engaged science and R&D workforce and, in
turn, to maintaining our science and innovation capabilities into the future.”
• 77.3 percent of scientists agreed or strongly agreed that cost-cutting was affecting their organisation’s
• 32.5 percent of scientists reported a decline in the number of professionals with science capabilities in
management and decision-maker roles in their organisation.
• Nearly one 1 in 4 scientists reported a decline in adherence to professional standards and service
quality in their organisation.
• A third of scientists reported being dissatisfied in their current role. Of those who said they were
considering leaving their current job, 55.3 per cent said a pay increase would alter their intention.
• 43 percent of scientists ranked diminution of professional science capability across responsibility
levels industries and job functions as a major concern.
• Scientists worked on average 44 hours per week including 6 hours of overtime. Only 13 per cent
received monetary payment in recognition of their overtime.
Report: Professional Scientists Remuneration Survey 2015 Summary Report
Media contact: Jessica Kendall 0414 679 857