Australian wages are at a 20-year low, but salaries for some ag roles have grown.
- Sales Manager and Business Development Managers had a big jump: average base salaries are now approximately $100,000, compared to $70,000 in 2015.
- Farm Managers have also improved: they now command from $55,000 to $145,000 - a significant lift on 2015’s range of $65,000 to $85,000.
- In contrast, Senior Agronomist salaries have declined: they now earn an average salary of $92,000, down from $105,000 in 2015.
Australian agrifood producers could see an extra $1.7 trillion in revenues for exports by 2050 – that’s to keep up with Asia’s appetite for Australian food products.
Generation Y (early 1980s to early 1990s babies) will soon play an even bigger role in the ag workforce and will make up 42% by 2020.
Sensors, The Internet of Things, drones, Artificial Intelligence, RFID sensors and robots are all changing the way agriculturalists farm – and it’s set to continue into the future.
The report predicts this digital transformation will create new employment opportunities in agriculture and agricultural engineering; and with that, certain new skills will be highly sought after. Like problem-solving skills: when equipment fails, someone needs to identify and the solve the problem so operations can continue.
Women in Ag
Agriculture Appointments says employers in agriculture need to ask themselves if their hiring process appeals to women. This is the first step towards gender equality in primary industries, because, according to statistics, there is clearly a problem. Women make up 52% of students in agriculture, environment and related studies and 50.1% of the Australian workforce, yet they represent just 34.8% the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors and only 16.9% of managers are women. Plus, there is a pay gap of $23,564 in favour of men.
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