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Career Concerns Could Bust the Ideas Boom

By Chris Walton

A survey of professional scientists has uncovered worker fatigue and broad dissatisfaction with remuneration and reduced scientific capability as a result of cost-cutting.

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With the launch of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) at the end of 2015, the Australian government reiterated its commitment to innovation and science. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that the NISA recognises that the “talent and skills of our people is the engine behind Australia’s innovative capacity”.

However, the latest Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Report ( suggests that recognition and reward issues underpin a range of serious systemic issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

While 46.5% of scientists surveyed by Professionals Australia were satisfied with their current level of remuneration, more than one-third were dissatisfied with their current level of remuneration and over one-third were considering leaving their current job. Of the 8.5% who had changed jobs in the previous 12 months, 27.3% did so for a pay rise – more than one-third of respondents in both the public and private sectors had received no pay increase at all in the previous year. Many were concerned that their remuneration was falling behind market rates for those undertaking similar work, and that their package did not reflect the level of responsibility they undertook in their day-to-day work.

Some 61%...

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