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Engineers in Driving Seat
With a national skills shortage, engineers are being encouraged to directly negotiate better leave, more pay and even a company car.
The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia says a continued shortage means engineering professionals have the strongest ground for demanding higher and more appropriate remuneration packages in twenty years.
In a circular to its engineering members, highlighting the current labour market trends APESMA urges members to not only seek higher salaries but better conditions, including:
- extra leave in compensation for longer hours being worked
- payment for further training and education
- payment of child care expenses
- extra superannuation
- and provision of motor vehicles.
APESMA engineers are employed under a mixture of collective agreements, individual contracts and Australian Workplace Agreements.
Chief Executive of APESMA John Vines says the time had never been better for engineers to bargain for better wages and conditions.
"With significant increases in spending and planned spending on infrastructure both nationally and internationally together with an ageing engineering workforce and a decline in university enrolments, the demand of engineers is often exceeding supply in some areas.
"In this climate we are encouraging members to use their strong market position to secure better pay and a set of conditions that will push the entire profession forward.
"For too long engineers salaries have not reflected the true value and contributions of engineers.
"Our members don't run big industry wide campaigns, but they do have bargaining power in the context of the skills shortage and now is the time to assert a bit of that power."
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