Survey points to pay cuts for engineers

A WIDE-ranging survey of Australian engineers has found the highly-skilled workers may have copped a pay cut as demand for their craft begins to wane.

More than 130,000 staff covering 383 government and private employers were quizzed about their salaries by Engineers Australia.

It showed, on average, that engineering wages had fallen 3% compared to 2012.

Engineers Australia chief executive Stephen Durkin said the fall in pay followed major projects across the country being delayed or reduced in size.

"A large proportion of Australia's engineering workforce is employed in delivering major infrastructure projects, and record infrastructure spending has created an unprecedented demand for engineers, especially across the resources sector," he said.

"With such a large engineering workforce employed in infrastructure delivery, even a small downturn can have a major effect on the workforce."

He said major infrastructure projects, particularly those from the government, needed to be staged to ensure workers had certainty.

If it failed to do that, Mr Durkin said engineers may move overseas where the demand is higher.



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