Once considered something of a dead-end job, occupational health and safety has become one of Australia's most lucrative career choices, a salary survey has revealed.
The results of the 2006/07 SafeSearch Health, Safety and Environment Remuneration (HSE) Survey will be released at the tenth Safety In Action Conference today.
SafeSearch invited 70 companies to participate in the survey and 29 companies responded, an excellent response rate, particularly with over half of the participants in the ASX 200.
This is the first time a comprehensive survey has been conducted across industry sectors for these professions and the level of participation and calibre of participants reflects a growing interest in health, safety and environment.
Participants include industries as diverse as resources, manufacturing and telecommunications through to professional services and government.
Julie Honore, managing director of HSE search and recruitment specialist SafeSearch, said the remuneration packages of HSE general managers reinforced the seniority and value increasingly placed by business on these roles.
“What will be of particular interest is the increase in remuneration levels which we have been informally observing for some time," Ms Honore said.
"The survey confirms that average graduate packages are now commencing at $64,000 and GM roles in the upper quartile exceed $280,000 per annum. This will be quite a surprise to some of the smaller companies,” said Honore, “and may clarify for them why they have been having difficulty filling their roles. While salary alone should never be the sole determinant in taking a role, if a company isn’t competitive in this area, then they need to have other benefits such as gym membership and flexible work hours available and be ready to convey these to candidates.”