Salary Guide 2021

Hiring and salary trends in Australia

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How much should I pay - or earn in Australia?

Get up to date with starting salary ranges, latest hiring trends and the tools you need to recruit top talent and much more with the 2021 Robert Half Salary Guide.

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Know what the job's worth

Compare starting salaries in your market for hundreds of positions in Australia. Use the guide to plan your hiring budget or support your salary negotiation.

Get more than just salaries

Find out what skills are most desired and hardest to hire for in Australian cities. Stay competitive and discover the popular benefits and rewards that companies are offering today.

Learn about the latest hiring trends

Get insight into the latest trends affecting the demand for top talent in Australia so you can hire the right talent quickly and keep them happy.

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Top 2021 trends

More people are looking for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find candidates for every open position or that companies aren’t hiring in Australia. Learn what positions and skill sets are most in demand. Also, find out how the rise in remote-working arrangements is changing how companies recruit, manage teams and retain the best talent.

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What are the popular benefits in Australia in 2021?

We surveyed hundreds of HR managers across Australia to learn what benefits and rewards they are offering for the year ahead. Our research found that more than half (64%) of companies in Australia had added new benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compare these benefits to what your company offers to ensure you’re offering the extras that jobseekers need and want as we continue to adjust to new ways of working:

New benefits offered since COVID-19


Wellness programs



Mental health resources (at office and/or remote)



Additional paid family leave



Allowance for work-at-home office equipment



Outside office-based childcare assistance or program


Download our complimentary Salary Guide to see additional benefits and rewards, and to learn how the COVID-19 crisis affected what companies offer to attract top talent.

Getting the most accurate salary data

Attracting and keeping top talent is more important than ever in helping Australian businesses stay strong in uncertain economic times. Employers are still challenged to find candidates with the skills they need, fast. Recruiting and retaining the best people requires staying current with hiring and salary trends.

That's where Robert Half comes in.

We published our first Salary Guide in 1950. Since then, we've been known as the leading source for comprehensive and highly accurate salary and hiring trends. The salary ranges in the 2021 Robert Half Salary Guide are based on the thousands of placements made by Robert Half recruitment professionals and the actual starting salaries our clients pay for top talent.

About us

Our recruitment experts place professionals with companies like yours every day around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. We know what candidates are looking for in job offers, which skills require employers to pay a premium and the types of roles that are hardest to attract top talent. Whether you need to hire permanent or temporary staff, we’re here to help you build the productive, engaged workforce that will keep your company moving forward.

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