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 a vocation and are passionate about the work, we still need to recognise and reward our scientists and make sure they can keep doing the critical work they do,” said Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton. “With 31.6 per cent reporting no pay increase in the past 12 months, the extent of dissatisfaction is not surprising.”
- 2 per cent of scientists surveyed reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their current level of remuneration – slightly down on last year’s figure of 46.5 per cent.
- 7 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their remuneration was falling behind market rates.
- 5 per cent said their remuneration did not reflect the level of responsibility they undertook in their day-to-day work.
“We need to ensure we also give our scientists the people and resources to achieve the results they can – if we don’t, the impact on morale and the fatigue people feel being asked year after year to do more with less will take its toll – our survey found that it already is.”
59.9 per cent of respondents reported that staff morale had declined in their organisation over the previous 12 months and 56.5 per cent said worker fatigue had increased.