The Reserve Bank has pointed to the concentration of cutting-edge software and information technology in a small number of businesses and narrow labour market segments as a factor behind flat wages growth.
The Fair Work Commission has ordered an immediate 4% pay rise for about 13,000 employees of the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection, after noting they have not received any increases for almost five years.
The Fair Work Commission today reaffirmed its view that modest and regular minimum wage increases won't sabotage a robust employment landscape, representing this year's 3.5% hike as an "opportunity to improve relative living standards of the low-paid".
The Fair Work Commission has this morning granted award-reliant workers a 3.5% increase, lifting the national minimum wage by $24.30 a week or 64 cents an hour in this year's annual wage review ruling.
The Fair Work Commission will hand down the 2018 minimum wage review decision at 11am tomorrow, after the ACTU pushed for a substantial rise as a step towards its goal to lift the safety net to 60% of median earnings.
One year into a landmark agreement between Airtasker and Unions NSW to improve pay and conditions, the company's chief executive Tim Fung has told a Senate inquiry the platform's technology is not up to the task of ensuring adherence to minimum pay and licensing requirements.
The FWC has refused to grant engineering employers more time to comply with production orders in the IEU's equal pay claim on behalf of early childhood teachers, finding neither provided a "proper basis" despite one having a director off work due to complications arising from cancer surgery.