This year’s forecast for the top-earning positions in Australia’s nursing workforce is set to be very different from last year, with some nursing programs facing a pay cut of $5 million to $20 million.
The new figures for 2018 show nursing programs with the biggest payouts will be in health and social care, with $13 million being paid to the most highly paid program manager.
Nursing jobs are at the heart of Australia’s health care system and there are currently some 9,000 of them, making up 40 per cent of all the jobs in the country.
More than 40 per to 50 per cent will be made up of program managers and associate program managers, who are the highest paid nurses in Australia.
But these jobs are expected to be hit hard by a massive wage cut by the Federal Government, with most of the program managers going into nursing.
The program manager’s salary will be reduced by about $5,000 to $15,000, with associate program manager salaries set to see an average salary cut of about $2,000.
The other two biggest pay increases will come from programs in mental health, health services, and home care.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) will pay a $4.3 million pay rise to associate program leaders, while the National Institute for Health and Welfare (NICE) will raise the average salaries of program manager, associate program leader and associate programme manager to $23,000 from $21,000 for program managers.NICE will pay $4 million to associate programs for the second time in a year, while other funding bodies will be able to increase their base pay to $30,000 in 2020 from $25,000 last year.
“It’s a significant pay cut for program manager and associate senior program manager,” NICE program manager Dr Paul O’Connor said.
“They’re the most valuable and highly valued workers in the system.”
So that’s a real issue for the people who work in those roles.
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