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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its average weekly earnings report which does exactly what it says on the tin. By taking the average weekly earnings and multiplying them by 52, it's possible to work out the average annual wage in Australia. Here's how much you should be earning.


In the media world, working for free is not unheard of. Writers, reporters, editors, photographers and, shudder, “content creators” are routinely told to contribute for the exposure, credit, for whatever - as long as it’s not for “money”. Once you’ve done that for...well, it is unclear how many years, exactly, but once you have “paid your dues”, these professionals are told, then maybe you will be paid. This is patently bullshit exploitation.


As more tasks become automated through the use of machine learning and AI driven systems, there's been a worry that many people would lose their jobs. On the flipside, there's been optimism that automation will take people away from dreary and repetitive tasks and direct their skills to more complex or rewarding work. But a recent study by the United Nations' International Labor Organization (ILO) says the reality, at least for now, is very different.


Australia’s national minimum wage should become a “living wage”, according to a new campaign from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). But what exactly is a living wage?


Feeling like you might be underpaid can be one of the most disheartening aspects of work. According to a recent survey from Glassdoor, a whopping 39 per cent of employees believe they are not receiving fair pay in their current job. But it’s hard for them to be sure.

Here are 15 signs you’re paid less than you should be.


Last month, the Fair Work Commission elected to reduce penalty rates for Australia's hospitality and retail staff. In the hospitality award, the penalty rate for full-time and part-time employees will be reduced from 175 to 150 per cent. Retail workers and those working at pharmacies will see their Sunday double time reduced to 150% of their hourly rate.

The justification among business owners is that unemployment is higher than it needs to be and high wages reduce options for businesses and consumers. However, many of the arguments employers make are not supported by the evidence.


Dear Lifehacker, I have recently taken on a new job and began frequenting a nearby cafe. The cafe employs a lot of people from overseas and after talking with a few of them, I discovered they are being grossly underpaid, and mostly paid cash in hand. They are all in Australia on either student or sponsorship visas and are concerned that if they speak up, they will be deported from the country. Is there any way I can anonymously report the cafe to Fair Work Australia for this?


If you can't remember the last time you received a pay rise, it might mean you suck at your job. Alternatively, you can blame Australian wage growth, which has fallen to the lowest level on record. The latest wage price index from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows just how bleak things have become.


A joint study by AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra has shed new light on Australia's changing workforce; including the highest and lowest paid occupations. Check out the study's table to see if it might be time for a career change.


Fast food chain Red Rooster has been ordered to repay more than $640,000 to staff members after a self-audit revealed approximately half of its workforce had been underpaid in 2011 and 2012. The affected staff members will now receive up to $3030 in backpay. The "takeaway" of this story is that you should always contact the Fair Work Ombudsman if you think you're being underpaid.


Myer CEO Bernie Brookes was in the news yesterday, complaining that it's too expensive to employ staff because holiday agreements mean that Myer has to pay at least $62 an hour for the privilege. He argues that being internationally competitive would require paying around one-ninth of that figure. Let's put this in perspective: on a conservative estimate and with no leave loading whatsoever, Brookes gets paid more than 10 times as much per hour as Myer permanent employees earn on a public holiday, and 16 times more than casual staff.