Australia's seasonally adjusted wage price index rose by 1.5 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, compared with market consensus and the previous period's record low of 1.4 percent. Still, this was the highest reading since the June quarter of 2020, amid regularly scheduled increases and improved business conditions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Private sector wage growth remained at 1.4 percent for the second quarter in a row, while the public sector recorded its lowest rate of growth (1.5 percent vs 1.6 percent) since the commencement of the series. Across industries, annual wage growth ranged from 0.4 percent for the rental, hiring, and real estate services industry to 2.2 percent for the education and training. On a quarterly basis, the wage price index advanced 0.6 percent in the March quarter, the same as in the fourth quarter. source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Wage Growth in Australia averaged 3.10 percent from 1998 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 4.30 percent in the second quarter of 2008 and a record low of 1.40 percent in the third quarter of 2020. This page provides - Australia Wage Growth- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Australia Annual Change in Hourly Rates of Pay - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2021.

Wage Growth in Australia is expected to be 2.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Wage Growth in Australia to stand at 2.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Australia Annual Change in Hourly Rates of Pay is projected to trend around 2.30 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Australia Annual Change in Hourly Rates of Pay

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.50 1.40 4.30 1.40 1998 - 2021 percent Quarterly
2008-2009= 100; SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-02-24 12:30 AM Wage Price Index YoY Q4 1.4% 1.4% 1.1% 1.3%
2021-02-24 12:30 AM Wage Price Index QoQ Q4 0.6% 0.1% 0.3% 0.1%
2021-05-19 01:30 AM Wage Price Index QoQ Q1 0.6% 0.6% 0.5% 0.7%
2021-05-19 01:30 AM Wage Price Index YoY Q1 1.5% 1.4% 1.4% 1.6%
2021-08-12 01:30 AM Wage Price Index QoQ Q2 1.5% 0.5%
2021-08-12 01:30 AM Wage Price Index YoY Q2 0.6% 2.8%
2021-11-18 12:30 AM Wage Price Index YoY Q3
2021-11-18 12:30 AM Wage Price Index QoQ Q3


News Stream
Australia Q1 Wage Growth Little Changed
Australia's seasonally adjusted wage price index rose by 1.5 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, compared with market consensus and the previous period's record low of 1.4 percent. Still, this was the highest reading since the June quarter of 2020, amid regularly scheduled increases and improved business conditions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Private sector wage growth remained at 1.4 percent for the second quarter in a row, while the public sector recorded its lowest rate of growth (1.5 percent vs 1.6 percent) since the commencement of the series. Across industries, annual wage growth ranged from 0.4 percent for the rental, hiring, and real estate services industry to 2.2 percent for the education and training. On a quarterly basis, the wage price index advanced 0.6 percent in the March quarter, the same as in the fourth quarter.
2021-05-19
Australia Q4 Wage Growth Stays at Record Low
Australia's seasonally adjusted wage price index rose by 1.4 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2020, unchanged from the previous period's record low but above market forecasts of 1.1 percent growth, due to the impact of COVID-19 disruptions and continued adjustment to the economic uncertainty. A pick up in private sector wage growth (1.4 percent vs 1.2 percent in Q3) offset a further slowdown in public sector wage growth (1.6 percent vs 1.8 percent). Across industries, annual wage growth ranged from +0.3 percent for the accommodation and food services to +2.4 percent for education and training. On a quarterly basis, the wage price index advanced 0.6 percent in the December quarter, accelerating from a 0.1 percent gain in the September quarter.
2021-02-24
Australia Q3 Wage Growth at Record Low
Australia's seasonally adjusted wage price index rose by 1.4 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2020, slowing from a 1.8 percent gain in the previous period and compared with market forecasts of 1.5 percent. This was the weakest growth on record, reflecting the impact of COVID-19 social and continued adjustment to the economic uncertainty. Both private sector wages (1.2 percent vs 1.7 percent in Q2) and public sector wages (1.8 percent vs 2.1 percent) grew at the softest pace since series began. Across industries, annual wage growth ranged from 0.5 percent for the accommodation and food services, and administrative and support services to 2.4 percent for financial and insurance services, and education and training. On a quarterly basis, the wage price index advanced 0.1 percent, the least on record, after a 0.2 percent rise in the June quarter.
2020-11-18
Australia Q2 Annual Wage Growth Hit Record Low
Australia's seasonally adjusted wage price index rose by 1.8 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, slowing from an upwardly revised 2.2 percent gain in the previous period and compared with market forecasts of 1.9 percent. This was the weakest growth on record, capturing the first full period of COVID-19 social and business restrictions in the country. Both private sector wages (1.7 percent vs 2.1 percent in Q1) and public sector wages (2.1 percent vs 2.4 percent) grew the least since the series began. Across industries, annual wage growth ranged from 0.8 percent for the construction industry to 2.6 percent for the arts and recreation services industry. On a quarterly basis, the wage price index advanced 0.2 percent, the least on record, after a 0.5 percent rise in the March quarter.
2020-08-12

Australia Annual Change in Hourly Rates of Pay
In Australia, wage growth measures the annual change in hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses for both public and private sector.