Mining, resources and energy tops list of highest paid industries

Mining, resources and energy has placed first in a new report from employment company SEEK ranking average salaries across 28 industries in Australia. It is the sixth year in a row that the sector has placed first in SEEK’s annual report.

The average advertised wage across the mining, resources and energy industries stood at $116,108. The rest of the top five comprised of consulting and strategy ($110,045), construction ($109,325), engineering $105,810), and information and communication technology, or ICT ($104,874).

However, despite taking the top spot mining, resources and energy also scooped the most significant decrease in salary over the past five years, down 13.96 per cent on average compared to 2013 levels. In 2013, mining, resources and energy represented 13 of the 20 highest paying jobs but that is reduced to just two in 2018, with one in the top five — management.

Information and communication technology (ICT) had the most places in the 2018 listing, with six spots in the top 20, including architects, which took the top spot for highest paid job overall with an average salary of $138,144.

“What we are seeing is that candidates in information and communication technology are more motivated by salary and compensation than those in any other industry,” said SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks.

“Other factors that are of importance when considering roles within ICT are work-life balance and career development opportunities. We expect to see salaries for ICT roles continue to strengthen across every sector in the coming years.”

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