Facility management industry salary trends revealed

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The 2012 Hays Salary Guide reveals salary and recruiting trends for 13 locations in Australia and New Zealand. It discloses which sectors in the facility management industry received the highest pay rises and the average salary increase gained last year, as well as expected increases this year.

Facility management professionals can expect a moderate salary increase this year as current market conditions remain, according to the 2012 Hays Salary Guide. But, do not expect any swift or dramatic upswing in global economic conditions, says Shane Little, regional director of Hays Facilities Management. “There is no silver bullet over the horizon to wait for,” he states.
“Current conditions are here to stay for some time, so the sooner we can adapt business practices to meet the requirements of this – the ‘new normal’ – rather than waiting for a dramatic reversal to the global market to set us on a more secure road, the more effective we’ll all be,” he adds. “That’s why forward-thinking employers and candidates are going ahead with their hiring or career plans. It’s also why employers are increasing salaries, albeit moderately.”

The 2012 Hays Salary Guide reveals salary and recruiting trends for 13 locations in Australia and New Zealand, and was based on a survey of over 1500 employers, as well as placements made by Hays Facilities Management. It found that 46 percent of employers increased salaries last year between 3 and 6 percent. A further 10 percent gave an increase above 6 percent. But, 35 percent gave increases of less than 3 percent, while the final 9 percent gave no increase at all.
The mining and resources industry is the stand out, with 55 percent of employers increasing salaries between 3 and 6 percent and 20 percent increasing them above 6 percent. Facility management staff servicing the professional services industry also saw their salaries perform well, with 53 percent of employers increasing salaries between three and six percent and 17 percent increasing them above six percent.

Looking ahead, 42 percent of employers intend to increase salaries between 3 and 6 percent when they next review. A further 6 percent will increase above 6 percent. But, 46 percent of employers intend to increase salaries less than 3 percent and 6 percent intend to offer no increases when they next review.
Again the biggest increases will be seen for facility management professionals in the mining and resources industry, where 55 percent of employers intend to increase salaries between 3 and 6 percent when they next review. A further 15 percent will receive increases above 6 percent.

“Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory are firmly in the express lanes of Australia’s economy and there is no denying that the surging staffing needs of organisations involved in Australia’s resources boom have driven the jobs market forward over the past year,” Little notes. “Over the last 12 months we have seen many suppliers diversify to target the resources industry. The supply of facility management services, particularly soft services, to the mining industry has become very attractive to both the service provider and employees.
“As a result facility management and soft services candidates, in particular those employed in hospitality, cleaning or security, are attracting greater salaries in Western Australia and Queensland where FIFO vacancies are on offer. Overall, our mining states have seen an increase in the salaries paid for traditional candidates due to the shortage being created by those chasing higher mining salaries.
“Outside our mining hubs, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, we still saw a healthy flow of vacancies over the past year. But, employers were able to be very selective in their hiring decisions. As a result, traditional facility management salaries have remained very stable.
“The other main area of recent growth has come from the increased development of data centres as the demand for mobile internet and offsite data protection grows. Candidates with specific experience in data centre management have been difficult to find and, therefore, providers offering facility management services in this area are offering attractive packages to get the right candidate.
“Candidates who can be flexible in terms of location and who are open to the diversification of their traditional experience are able to benefit from the resources boom. There are obvious lifestyle choices that come with these decisions, but more and more we are seeing candidates willing to make these sacrifices in order to take advantage of the boom.”
The 2012 Hays Salary Guide is available at www.hays.com.au/salary, by contacting a Hays office or by downloading The Hays Salary Guide 2012 iPhone app from iTunes. Read more from Hays about facility management recruitment trends here: www.fmmedia.com.au/news/facility-management-recruitment-trends.

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