Don't expect a big raise, employers tell staff

Don't expect a big raise, employers tell staff

Workers who expect a sizeable salary increase in the next 12 months have been given a reality check by a new survey.

The annual Hays Salary Guide, which surveyed 2,950 organisations, found that 11 per cent of employers plan to give no raise, while 65 per cent plan to give a raise of up to 3 per cent.

The survey also found that 27 per cent of employees expect to get no raise, while 42 per cent expect a raise of up to 3 per cent.

Australia’s inflation rate is currently running at 2.1 per cent, while wages are growing at 1.9 per cent, according to the most recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Hays survey also covered fringe benefits. Here are some of the highlights:


  • What employers say…

What was the average salary increase you gave in your last salary reviews?

Salary increase Respondents
Nil 16%
Under 3% 58%
3-6% 19%
6-10% 5%
Above 10% 2%

By how much do you expect to increase salaries in your next reviews?

Salary increase Respondents
Nil 11%
Under 3% 65%
3-6% 19%
6-10% 5%
Above 10% 1%
  • What employees say…

What salary increase to you expect to receive in your next review?

Salary increase Respondents
Nil 27%
Under 3% 42%
3-6% 17%
6-10% 8%
Above 10% 6%



  • What employers say…

Does your company offer flexible salary packaging?

Yes 71%
No 29%
  • What employees say…

Do you think that choosing to work flexibility would have/has had a negative impact on your career?

Yes 18%
No 61%
Unsure 21%

Which of the following benefits do you receive?

Flexible work practices 70%
Financial support for study 29%
Free or subsidised food 20%
A day off for your birthday 6%
Over 20 days’ annual leave 29%
Payment of own device usage charges at work 24%
Health and wellness programs 37%
Onsite childcare 1%
Ongoing learning and development 58%
Career progression opportunities 43%

When looking for a new job, which of the following benefits are important to you?

Flexible work practices 86%
Financial support for study 32%
Free or subsidised food 8%
A day off for your birthday 14%
Over 20 days’ annual leave 45%
Payment of own device usage charges at work 25%
Health and wellness programs 41%
Onsite childcare 7%
Ongoing learning and development 76%
Career progression opportunities 84%

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Can you set up a savings account online?

Yes. Several large and small banks offer online applications for savings accounts, and there are also online-only financial institutions to consider.

Online-only savings accounts are often less expensive than other savings accounts, though they may not offer the same flexibility, features, or face-to-face service as more traditional savings accounts.

What is a savings account?

A savings account is a type of bank account in which you earn interest on the money you deposit. This makes it one of the easiest and safest investment tools.

Can you have a joint savings account?

Yes. Joint savings accounts can be useful for two or more people wanting to combine their savings to meet shared financial goals, including spouses, flatmates and business partners.

Some joint savings accounts require all parties to sign before they can access the money. While less convenient, this extra security can help encourage all parties to meet their shared financial goals.

Other joint savings accounts allow any of the account holders to access the money. These accounts can be convenient for financially responsible couples that trust one another implicitly. 

Can you direct deposit to a savings account?

Yes. You can make one off payments or set up regular direct deposits into a savings account. This can be organised easily through online banking or by making deposits in a branch. Talk to your lender to find out the easiest way for you to set up direct deposits.

How to open a savings account for my child?

Some banks and financial institutions allow parents to open a bank account for their child as soon as it is born, and start depositing funds to go towards the child’s future.

Children’s savings accounts generally don’t have fees, and are structured to help develop positive financial habits by limiting withdrawals, encouraging regular deposits, and earning interest on the savings, similarly to standard savings accounts.

What is a good interest rate for a savings account?

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind with savings accounts is to look for a rate that is higher than the CPI inflation rate. This number is constantly changing, so check the Reserve Bank of Australia’s page. If you aren’t earning interest above this then the value of your money will go backwards over time.

How to make money with a savings account?

Savings accounts make you money by earning interest on your savings. The more money you deposit, the longer you leave it in the account, and the higher the account’s interest rate, the more interest you’ll be paid by the bank or financial institution, and the more your wealth will grow.

To make sure your savings account makes money and doesn’t lose money, it’s important to maintain a large enough minimum balance that the annual interest earned exceeds any annual fees charged on the account.

Can you set up direct debits from a savings account?

It’s not usually possible to set up a direct debit from your savings account to cover ongoing expenses or bills, as savings accounts are structured around growing your wealth by earning interest on regular deposits, and discouraging withdrawals.

Some transaction accounts allow you to set up direct debits and also earn interest, though you may not enjoy as much flexibility as a dedicated transaction account, or get as high an interest rate as a dedicated savings account.

Can I overdraft my savings account?

A lot of savings accounts won’t let you overdraw. Some will allow this feature but you’ll need to apply first. It’s best to read the fine print and check with your lender whether this is a feature they offer. It can be a helpful addition, but as your lender can charge you a fee as well as interest for going into negative numbers, it’s best to avoid overdrafting when possible.

What is the interest rate on savings accounts?

As banks frequently change their rates, the most accurate way to look at interest rates on savings accounts is to use a savings accounts comparison tool. When you look at the savings rate check what the maximum and minimum rates are. Often banks will offer you a promotional rate for the first few months which is competitive, but then revert back to a base rate which can sometimes be less than inflation. Ongoing bonus rates are often a safer bet as they will keep rewarding you with the maximum rate, provided you meet their criteria

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As banks frequently change their rates, the most accurate way to know who currently has the highest interest rate is to use a savings account comparison tool.

How does interest work on savings accounts?

The type of interest savings accounts accrues is called compound interest. Compound interest is interest paid on the initial deposit amount, as well as the accumulated interest on money you have. This is different from simple interest where interest is paid at the end of a specified term. Compound interest allows you to earn interest on interest at a higher frequency. 

Example: John deposits $10,000 into a savings account with an interest rate of 5 per cent that he leaves untouched for 10 years. At the end of the first year he will have $10,512 in savings. After ten years, he will have saved $16,470.

How much money should I have in my savings account?

A good rule of thumb when working out a minimum balance for your savings account is to make sure that you’ll earn more in annual interest on your savings than what you’ll be charged in annual fees.

If you’re saving with a specific goal in mind, prepare a budget so the interest you earn on your deposits will help you efficiently reach this goal. Online financial calculators may be helpful here.

What are the two types of NAB locked savings accounts?

With a locked savings account in NAB, you can earn bonus interest and learn financial discipline. NAB offers two types of locked savings accounts, each with their own terms and conditions.

The NAB Reward Saver account pays a variable base interest rate of 0.05 per cent per annum and a bonus interest of 0.55 per cent. You’re eligible for the bonus if you make a minimum of one deposit on or before the second last banking day and have no withdrawals in the month.

Meanwhile, the NAB iSaver account provides 0.05 per cent as the standard base interest rate and a fixed bonus margin of 0.55 per cent during the first four months from the date of opening the account. You can park your cash in the account and enjoy unlimited monthly transfers between linked daily bank accounts without impacting the interest rate.