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Perth financiers top of the perch

Where do you go to earn most in Australian finance? Not Sydney, not Melbourne, but Perth.

The latest Hays recruitment salary survey shows there has been a significant salary spike in Perth, reflecting the local mining boom and buoyant economy of Western Australia.

According to the survey, the average salary for a senior manager in treasury operations in Perth is AU$130k, equal to Sydney and ahead of Brisbane (AU$125k) and Melbourne (AU$110k). Meanwhile, a general manager in fund management in Perth is currently earning around AU$165k, compared with AU$155k in Sydney and Brisbane and AU$150k in Melbourne.

The same pattern is evident across most other positions. For example, a senior relationship manager in corporate and commercial lending will currently be earning around $AU140k in Perth, compared with AU$135k in Sydney or Brisbane and AU$110k in Melbourne.

What makes Perth so lucrative? “The demand in Perth has really been driven by the resources boom in the state, which has had a flow-on to salaries through the entire banking and finance sector,” says Matthew Gowan, senior manager of Hays Banking.

In fact, the Western Australian mining boom pushed salaries in the city up nearly 23% last year, compared to just 8% in Sydney.

“The major banks and even non-banks have been expanding their financial operations across a range of different areas to handle the market growth,” Gowan says. “Salaries in wealth management and financial planning have been standout areas, but candidates in the commercial banking, business development, property finance and corporate banking areas have also been in very strong demand.”

Comments (1)

  1. The Sydney Market suffers from a case of “risk adversity” when talking about talent and as such will struggle to really become a true financial services hub. Transferable skill sets are not utilised effectively and unlike London and New York for example, employers tend to stick to what they know and employ people who have identical skill sets to the last person in the role, therefore missing out on new and fresh approaches.

    Perth is seeing an exciting growth pattern due to the open mindedness of employers, with decision makers understanding that risks and “outside of the box” thinking is needed to secure the talent required. Combined with the salary increases in Perth, and the fact that the Sydney salaries are remarkably lower than other financial hubs (BRW June 2007) it is not surprising that Perth is the choice of many.

    Jamie Gripton – Olivier Group Reply

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