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Global recruitment firm Robert Walters has today released its salary expectations for Australian professionals in 2020, with roles in certain sectors set to experience wage growth.

The Robert Walters Salary Survey for 2020 predicts NSW as the state to see the greatest salary increases with property, infrastructure, and the energy sectors dominating the wage growth leaderboard.  

Robert Walters, Managing Director ANZ, James Nicholson said, “With Australia committed to long-term nation-building programs throughout 2020, it is not surprising that wages will continue to fluctuate and stimulate demand for specialist roles in the property, infrastructure and energy sectors.

The top five wage growth roles are a mix of permanent and contract roles in NSW within the property, infrastructure and energy sectors,” said Mr Nicholson. 

The renewables sector will witness strong wage growth, albeit from a small labour pool. There are currently 103 projects that are in construction (or due to start) in Australia, which are expected to deliver over $27 billion in investment and create over 16,000 jobs.

While the emerging renewables sector is showing signs of promise, and the creation of some new jobs, uncertainty may linger until the Australian government articulates a more comprehensive energy policy

Technology and transformation continues to dominate the larger Australian wage narrative with roles such as Business Analyst positions in Victoria and Developer roles in South Australia to see 18-20% annual growth respectively, while broader sector conditions will see some roles in oversupply, confirming a two-speed market environment.

“Technology transformations are continuing unabated across every industry in Australia. As a result, 2020 will see employers vying for professionals with expertise in development, UX, data management and cyber security. Concerns about widespread unemployment due to automation and artificial intelligence have, so far, proved unfounded.” Mr Nicholson said.

Rounding out the top three industries for wage growth nationally is the financial services sector, which remains under enormous pressure from regulators, legislators, government, media and their customers.

“The Royal Commission has placed an unprecedented focus on risk, remediation and compliance projects across the banking, financial services and insurance sectors. Experienced professionals who can deliver on the reforms and programs are relatively scarce and so demand, and salaries, are likely to remain high,” added Mr Nicholson.  


To find out more, watch Robert Walters NSW Managing Director, Andrew Hanson interviewed on the Today Show below.

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Robert Walters is one of the world’s leading global recruitment consultancies, specialising in the placement of permanent, contract and temporary positions across all levels of seniority. Our teams of professional consultants are renowned for their professionalism, integrity and exceptional recruitment consultancy services. Using a flexible approach to recruitment, we are committed to matching client needs to candidate aspirations to create mutual benefit for both. Across Australia and New Zealand we have offices in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Chatswood, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Wellington.


The volatility of business conditions in NSW, will mean wage growth is largely off the table for most of the NSW workforce this year, echoing the current global political and macro-economic uncertainty thanks to Brexit, the US/China trade war and the increasingly unstable global financial markets. Only a small proportion of specialist roles are set to experience any significant uptick in their pay or end of financial year bonus, according to new research released today. 


The Robert Walters Salary Survey for 2019 has revealed that the NSW job market looks exceptionally healthy in some areas, with professionals increasingly comfortable to switch employers, yet much tighter in others.


Robert Walters, Managing Director ACT & NSW, Andrew Hanson said, “The New South Wales jobs market has an air of unpredictability for 2019. The uncertainty is due to global economic volatility coupled with the growing cost of living, property market slowdown and the federal and state elections taking place later this year.


“Like always there are winners and losers in wage warfare and this year is no exception with the banking Royal Commission providing some professionals with huge windfalls thanks to extremely strong demand and very little supply in key skill sets,” said Mr Hanson.


Those skills sets include market risk, compliance and governance as the financial services industry comes to terms with life after the Hayne Royal Commission.


“Market risk professionals with only a couple of years experience could see their pay increase by up to $30,000 compared to 2018 wages. While mobile lenders in the banking industry could be one of the beneficiaries of the Royal Commission seeing their pay increase by 25%


Project co-ordinators working within the infrastructure sector could see their wages grow by 22% to $110,000 this year.”  

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