In the global rankings of eight countries, Australia ranks second best (52.4) , only second to the Netherlands (55.9), followed by the UK (52.0), USA (51.5) and Belgium (48.9). Germany tops the list as the country where employees are most stressed (47.6).
Almost three-quarters (73%) of Australian workers would like a job offering flexible work practices, with career progression opportunities (72%) and ongoing learning & development (59%) also important when job searching, according to a survey by recruiting experts Hays conducted for the annual Hays Salary Guide.
Australian hiring managers are struggling to source new recruits who fit in well with the team and overall company dynamics, with new independent research commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half revealing more than three-quarters (78%) of Australian general hiring managers have hired an employee who did not fit in well within the team they were part of.
A third of professionals identifying flexible work as critical to remaining employed is significant and we predict this figure will only grow as our cities become more congested and the proportion of younger workers increases
Australian workers have had to contend with relatively slow wage growth over the last five years, with the RBA predicting that wages will “increase only gradually” over time . However, new independent research commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half and published in the newly-released 2018 Robert Half Salary Guide has revealed top finance workers can still expect a pay rise in 2018.
According to the research, the majority (98%) of Australian CFOs are planning to award an average of 23% of their staff with a raise this year, with the average increase expected to be 9% – which is well above the national wage price growth percentage of 2% . As companies vie for the best finance candidates, a competitive salary is often the most persuasive incentive, especially in an employment market where 99% of Australian CFOs find it challenging to source qualified finance professionals.
Australian workplaces are not ready to meet young women’s career aspirations or support their future success, according to a new national report by University of Sydney researchers. “We are talking more about robots than we are about women in the future of work debate – this must change,” said co-author of the report, Professor Rae Cooper.