Friday, May 8th, 2015

Salary growth in agribusinesses is lagging badly behind other industries, according to a new report released today by agribusiness recruiters, Agricultural Appointments.

The 2015 Salary and Trend Report shows that six out of seven agribusiness roles surveyed have grown at a slower rate than average wages over the past 20 years – in some cases, substantially slower.

The report, based on Agricultural Appointments’ remuneration records since 1995, shows Farm Managers and Product Managers have fared the worst. In some cases their wages have grown at less than a third of the rate of average wages.

Sales Reps and Technical Managers’ wages have grown at just half the rate of average wages.

Technical Sales Reps and Quality Assurance Managers saw their salaries grow slightly faster in the 20 years to 2015, but they still lagged behind average wages growth by 25%.

Only Agronomists’ salaries grew faster than average wages between 1995 and 2015.

“With skills shortages in agriculture and agribusinesses making it difficult to find good candidates, remuneration has become a key battleground in attracting the best candidates,” says Agricultural Appointments’ managing director, Dr Ray Johnson.

The 2015 Salary and Trend Report sets out what people are being paid in the industry as well as what agribusinesses should be doing to attract and keep the best employees. This includes the importance of Generation Y, the rise in demand for agricultural products from Asia as well as the difficulties of attracting potential employees to rural and remote areas.

Download a free copy of the 2015 Salary and Trend Report at this link: .

For further information or media requests, contact:

Dr Ray Johnson, Managing Director, Agricultural Appointments

T 03 9866 6899, M 0419 012 841

[email protected]

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For over 35 years Agricultural Appointments has helpedbusinesses of all types meet the hardest challenge: recruiting  the right people. From farm managers to food technologists, winemakers to research scientists and product developers to CEOs, we recruit for roles right across the food supply chain. 

From paddock to plate, we know people: how to find them and make sure they’re right for your role and culture.

Dr Ray Johnson, Managing Director, Agricultural Appointments
P: 03 9866 6899
M: 0419 012 841


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