Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Survey results released today have revealed that the stellar salary growth of environmental professionals in Australia has plateaued.

While the green collar jobs recorded 25 per cent increases in 2010/11, this year's flat figures reflect confusion regarding the carbon economy says Julie Honore, whose firm, Envirosearch, undertook the survey for the sixth consecutive year.

The safesearch annual remuneration survey, conducted in association with envirosearch, also illustrates the changing nature of the environment profession as less than a quarter of survey respondents saw the upcoming carbon price as one of the top issues faced by environment leaders.

“In 2010, there was significant movement at the general manager sustainabiity and environment level with heavy demand for these skills," Ms Honore said.

"With initiatives such as mandatory disclosure looming, many organisations were offering attractive salaries, including lucrative bonus programs, to attract key talent.”

“The salary survey points to the industry stabilising after significant growth and, given the events unfolding in the global economy, there is a sense of caution being exercised both in terms of expansion and in the payment of bonuses,” said Honore.

“The emphasis from organisations currently is on risk management rather than seeking opportunities for competitive advantage.”

“Although most of the heavy emitters have already recruited their key team, those on the cusp of being affected are waiting for more surety before they invest in staff and resources. The winners will be the consultancies and contractors as companies buy-in the expertise on a short-term basis prior to bringing that expertise in-house.”

The survey found that the fixed salary component of heads of environment/sustainability roles increased by 6.7% however the absence of bonuses resulted in an overall decrease in total earnings of around 5%. Over the past 12 months, the number of appointments at the senior level in particular has also reduced significantly.

The levelling continued at other levels, as national manager salaries saw a marginal reduction in remuneration from last year and parity occurred at manager level.


The 2011/2012 survey includes 84 participating organisations with analysis on data for 697 individuals across 11 job positions, with two newly introduced positions, Sustainability Advisor and Energy Manager.

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Julie Honoré is the founder and Managing Director of SafeSearch and EnviroSearch, specialist search and recruitment businesses. Previously a Director with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, she led their national HR Consulting practice in Australia. She holds a Masters in Leadership and Management (MLM) and is actively involved with AHRI (FAHRI and past Victorian Councillor), the Safety Institute of Australia - FSIA (Hon) and various committee posts with the SIA. She also chairs a regular General Manager Health, Safety and Environment forum for ASX 200 leaders as well as being a committee member of OSHAC (WorkSafe OHS Advisory Committee Victoria). Julie is also an Advisory Board member of 1Million Women.
Julie Honoré, Managing Director, SafeSearch
P: 03 96635513
M: 0419 859 217
W: www.safesearch.com.au


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