Mixed news for Medical Research funding

The good news from Monday’s MYEFO statement is that there were no changes announced to the capitalisation of the MRFF, funding of the NHMRC or funding of the ARC, meaning the MRFF is on track to be fully capitalised by 2020-21. The bad news is that the Coalition announced cuts of $328.5 million to research…

Scientists working long hours

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…

Scientists dissatisfied with pay

The latest Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey Report has found pay was a significant issue with 34 per cent of survey respondents saying they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their current remuneration level. “While many professional scientists don’t opt for science as a career for the money but rather because they feel it’s…