‘Average pay packet hits $1000’, Cara Jenkin, The Advertiser, 14/5/11
"THE average worker now earns more than $1000 a week, new figures show.
Australian Bureau of Statistics' annual employee earnings data shows a new milestone for the pay packets of Australia's 9.8 million workers, with salary increases pushing the mean earnings for all workers into four figures for the first time.
The average weekly pre-tax income in 2010 was $1035, a rise of $40 from the previous year, to take the annual salary to $53,820.
The average male worker earns $1227 a week and their female counterparts $819 a week ..."
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This article quotes AHRI National President Peter Wilson who states "The economy is not increasing at the fastest rate but there's still high demand for people," he said.
Mr Wilson said most workers could expect a pay rise in the next year, but he warned that staff in industries affected by the high Australian dollar might be better off forgoing a pay rise to keep their job.
"We can expect average wages going up 4 per cent per annum. What's now $1035, we can expect it to be up around $100 by early 2013."
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