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Seek data: Australian jobs that saw the biggest pay rises in 2022

The jobs that have seen the biggest pay rises in the past year – with the largest jump in a role employers are struggling to fill

  • Seek data revealed which sectors saw biggest increases in 2022
  • Retail employees topped the list with a 12.3 per cent boost

The jobs snaring the largest pay increases have been revealed by a leading employment site, with retail assistants snaring the largest jump at 12.3 per cent. 

Data from Seek on salaries for various roles advertised in 2022 revealed which professions were ahead of the pack.

The jump in the retail employee salary revealed the businesses have been struggling to attract staff, with positions remaining unfilled.

The information comes as its revealed Australians’ pay levels are increasing at the fastest pace in a decade – but workers are suffering a record cut in real wages as inflation outpaces salary growth. 

Retail assistants got the biggest increase in advertised pay of 12.3 per cent, with an average advertised salary of $57,630. 

Retail assistants got the biggest increase in advertised pay with a 12.3 per cent boost for an average advertised salary of $57,630

Retail job vacancies have more than doubled since 2019 with ‘no signs of slowing down’, a Deloitte Access Economics Retail Forecasts report said.

‘But these positions aren’t being filled,’ it said. 

Mechanics were not too far behind retailer workers with a pay increase of 9.3 per cent for an average advertised salary of $74,346. 

Other professions seeing significant rises included labourers, chefs, data analysts and machine operators. 

Cleaners got a 5.9 per cent rise, labourers a 7.1 per cent increase and graphic designers a 6.3 per cent hike.

Data analysts have notched a 7.6 per cent increase, while machine operators were not far off with a 7 per cent rise. 

The ABS’ seasonally adjusted wage price Index (WPI) showed an annual growth of 3.3 per cent – with a 0.8 per cent rise for the December quarter.

Mechanics came not too far behind with a 9.3 per cent increase in pay, for an average advertised salary of $74,346

Mechanics came not too far behind with a 9.3 per cent increase in pay, for an average advertised salary of $74,346 

Meanwhile, Australians earning less than $94,000 a year are now considered to be below-average earners who really need a big pay rise to cope with the cost of living crisis. 

The average, weekly, full-time salary in November stood at $1,807.70 or $94,000 a year before overtime and bonuses, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Thursday.

If pay levels had increased in line with inflation, the typical Australian worker would have earned $98,000, compared with $90,916 back in late 2021.

Even then, that $4,000 difference with the actual average salary of $94,000 would only cover the surging cost of everyday items like grocery bills and petrol – but not soaring mortgage repayments.

Largest advertised salary increases between December 2021 and  December 2022

Data analysts had a 7.6 per cent increase and an average advertised salary of $117,593.

Labourers had a 7.1 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $63,030.

Machine operators had a 7 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $66,098.

Graphic designers had a 6.3 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $74,847.

Cleaners had a 5.9 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $57,017

Chefs had a 5.6 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $65,669.

Executive assistants had a 5.5 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $88,643.

Medical receptionists had a 4.7 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $57,104.

Truck drivers had a 4.4 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $69,347.

Nurses had a 2.7 per cent increase, with an average advertised salary of $85,740.

Source: Seek