Anonymous asked in TravelAustraliaOther - Australia · 1 decade ago

What does a standard store assistant/shop worker earn per hour in Australia?

I'm from the UK, and I was talking to someone who lived in Australia for a while and he was telling me that there's less of a gap between the average wages of skilled workers and unskilled workers in Australia than there is in the UK. I was told that on average, a standard store assistant in Australia earns more than someone doing the same job in the UK, so I'm interested in knowing just what the average hourly wage for this sort of job actually is.

In the UK, if you're over 18 and have been working at as a standard shop assistant/checkout staff for a few months, on average, the hourly wage is about £6.50 per hour, which works out to being roughly $14 Australian per hour. What is it on average in Australia?

5 Answers

  • Brooky
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    In Australia, award wages vary from state to state and the full adult wage is paid from age 21 with pro-rata lower rates for younger employees, but the following NSW info should answer your question to some degree. There isn't a huge variation from state to state. Keep in mind that these are the award minimums. Most experienced staff will receive higher rates.

    Basic hourly rates:

    Full time workers

    19 years $12.27

    20 years $13.81

    21 years and over $15.34

    Full time workers receive 4 weeks annual leave, 10 paid sick days and other benefits

    Casual workers:

    19 years - $14.11

    20 years - $15.88

    21 years and over - $17.64

    Casual workers accumulate around 8.3 per cent of their wages to be paid as holiday pay.

    On top of the above, workers receive penalty rates for weekend and late night work (Saturday time and a quarter, Sunday 1 1/2 times, after 6.00pm 1 1/4 times, public holidays 2 1/2 times), uniform laundering allowances and a number of other things depending on their duties.

    All employees in Australia also receive 9 per cent compulsory superannuation paid by their employer into a fund and preserved until retirement after age 55.

  • 4 years ago

    To those who say union auto workers are getting $75 an hour. Wrong. New hire-ins at GM only get $14 an hour and no pensions rights. Also, as of the newest contracts wages for older seniority workers is $29.78 an hour with an average of $17 over all. Even with the older worker's pension and health care benefits figured in it only comes up to $69 an hour. (By the way, Toyota's package per hour is $53 per hour.) However, that $69 is dropping quite a bit next year when the UAW at GM takes over the cost of health care, saving the company 6 billion annually. Older workers are being let go at the rate of 20% a year. The wage "thing" will be history by 2010. The foreign owned companies are fairly new in this country and they don't have many people who have been there long enough to retire. When they reach that point they, too, will have a higher legacy cost per car like the Big Three now. Labor DID NOT cause this crisis with the auto industry! The banking crisis did when all the credit froze up.

  • Mel
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    oz is correct, however, there is a change to trend for public holidays, many people now only receive double time not double time and a half.

    Your bigger name companies like Big W, Kmart, etc have their own awards and own pay rates which are slightly higher then the minimum award wage.

    On average, a lot of shop assistants are employed as casuals in Australia with the average wage of $18 per hour, over 21 yrs old.

    Also not everywhere offers uniform allowances or travel allowances, so one doesn't expect it.

    Part time employee's can earn the same rate as full-timers or a slightly higher rate depending on the company. Part timers also get 4 weeks annual leave, but not 10 days sick leave, it is actually based on 2 weeks worth of sick leave, but some companies are now offering more s/l.

    I have one job that's 2 days a week and get a total of 4 sick days, which as you can imagine is very easy to use if you happen to fall sick on those days.

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Shop Assistant Award Nsw

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  • 1 decade ago

    An example Actual Wage in August 2008

    ALDI supermarket vacancies:

    Area Manager $79,600 (inc Super) = $73,000 + super

    Assistant Store Manager $49,450 to $65,000

    Retail Assistant Permanent Part Time $19.40 per hour

    Limited Roster Retail Assistant Permanent Part Time $18.45 per hour

    The Federal Minimum wage is $13.74 per hour, rising to $14.31 in Oct 2008.

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