Property Pay Still Ahead Despite Downturn: Report


Falling residential prices have dampened sentiment with a flow on effect for developers, builders and consultants working in related property market sectors, reveals the latest Avdiev property industry remuneration report.

The bi-annual report, released this month, takes in salary information and findings about the state of the property workforce.

Avdiev managing director Rita Avdiev says pay rises in the industry have moderated, but are “still ahead of the general workforce” at 2.5 per cent overall.

“After 28 years of continuous economic prosperity a reminder of the cyclic nature of property was well overdue,” Avdiev said.

The report, which covers 10 market sectors of the property industry, including investment, construction, property development, corporate real estate and finance, found that while pay rises in the sector have moderated, they remain higher than the general workforce at 2.5 per cent, on average.

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Avdiev said the fallout from the banking royal commission findings had affected the lending policies and practices of the banks which had impacted the activities of developers, builders and consultants.

“This time last year we reported an overall increase in the property markets of 3 per cent compared with the latest finding of 2.5 per cent.

“The latest ABS figures as at December 2018 showed the Wage Price Index rose 2.3 per cent through the year and the Consumer Price Index 1.8 per cent.

The new property heavyweights?

With millennials making up about 20 per cent of the general workforce, the segment is a new force in the property markets.

Salaries for graduate architects and valuers start at around $60,000 per year, and is more than $80,000 a year for building graduates, according to the report.

It also found that the millennial cohort continue to outpace their senior colleagues.

“Seen as the most important demographic globally, they continue to enjoy higher pay rises,” Avdiev said.

“Corporate restructuring in the last few years has encouraged Millennials to rise up the ranks.

“Millennials are young, ambitious, with fresh attitudes to speed, change and results,” Avdiev said.

“With the property industry and global and local economies in a state of flux, their ways of dealing with what comes next will be interesting to watch.”

Avdiev said the media’s focus on falling residential property prices has sent a message to the community about the cyclic nature of property assets, “but overshadows good news from healthy commercial and industrial market sectors”.

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