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Hays Recruitment Reports

The Hays Quarterly Report is a guide to current hotspots of recruitment activity and trends.

It is updated each quarter to reflect changing market conditions, and shows things such as; which skills are in demand, what recruiting, salary or candidate trends are impacting each sector.

More at: Hays Recruitment Reports

British Migrants Average Wage

At the time of the 2006 Census, the median individual weekly income for Australians aged 15 years and over was $488 per week.
The median individual weekly income for the United Kingdom born in Australia was $506.
More at: www.immi.gov.au/…/uk.htm

Comparison of Australian and UK wage and tax rates

These figures were taken from Tax calculators in both countries in July 2009.

Average Earners

Based on the average/median Male Full time earnings for each country.

UK                Aus
£2,250.00   $5,500.00 Gross
£    342.08   $1,222.00 Tax
£     195.11   $     82.50 Medicare/NI
£    437.20   $1,304.50 Total Deductions

Total deductions as a percentage of gross earnings
23.9% UK
23.7% Aus

Note: An extra, non taxable, $495 will also be paid by the Australian employer, as a super fund contribution.

Medium High Paid

Based on 2.5 times the average/median Male Full time earnings for each country.

UK               Aus
£5,644.00  $13,808.00 Gross
£1,418.43    $ 4,411.00 Tax
£   369.68   $     207.12 Medicare/NI
£1,788.11    $ 4,618.12 Total Deductions

Total deductions as a percentage of gross earnings
31.7% UK
33.4% Aus

Note: An extra, non taxable, $1,242 will also be paid by the Australian employer, as a super fund contribution.

High Paid

Based on 4.4 times the average/median Male Full time earnings for each country.

UK                  Aus
£10,000.00  $24,500.00 Gross
£   3,160.83   $  9,299.00 Tax
£       413.24   $     367.50 Medicare/NI
£   3,574.07   $  9,666.50 Total Deductions

Total deductions as a percentage of gross earnings
35.7% UK
39.5% Aus

Note: An extra, non taxable, $2,205 will also be paid by the Australian employer, as a super fund contribution.

Sources:

The above comparison income figures are based on average earnings of both countries at April/May 2008

Median earnings of full-time male employees was £521 per week in April 2008 (£27,092 pa) www.statistics.gov.uk

Average earnings of full-time male employees was $1,274.60 in May 2008 ($66,279 pa) www.abs.gov.au

The tax calculations are taken from:

Salary Packaging

Some employers offer Salary packaging as an incentive in their employment conditions.

This basically allows you to pay less tax than normal.
eg: $100,000 per year normal salary would attract Tax/Medicare of $27,500 per year (2008/2009 rates), leaving you with $72,500 per year net.

With $1,000 per month set as Salary package items, the gross salary would become $88,000 with Tax/Medicare of $22,520 per year (2008/2009 rates), leaving you with $77,480 per year net, after adding back the Salary package benefits paid for you.
ie: Almost $5,000 per year better off.

What age can Children start work

In Queensland, the regulation is that 13 years of age is the general minimum for children starting work, although delivery work such as newspapers and advertising leaflets, can be done by children from the age of 11 years.
Most shops would not employ anyone under 15 though.

Parental consent is required for school-aged and young children to work.

Children are not allowed to work when they should be at school.

www.wageline.qld.gov.au/…/starting_work.html

Harvest Picking Work

Not for everyone, but some people like to travel a bit at first, young couples or singles, and harvest picking is a pretty common way to earn some money while travelling.
The Australian Government has a web page specifically for this:
http://jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail/default.aspx

From grape harvesting in Berri, to Mango picking in Darwin, each year thousands of people find work helping to bring in the fruit and vegetable harvests.
Harvest Trail links job seekers with harvest jobs Australia wide.
It offers a great way for people to travel around Australia at their own pace while working and earning money.
Follow the Harvest Trail …

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