Enterprise Bargaining remains a cornerstone of the Manufacturing Industry.

Understanding the market wage increases is important not only from employee retention but also to maintain margins and a competitive edge.

We’ve set out below a useful table summarising the trends over last 2 years of average wage increases in all Manufacturing Enterprise Agreements approved by the Fair Work Commission versus All Groups CPI.

Its broken down on a quarterly basis but the percentages have been annualised for ease of reference.

Manufacturing Industry Enterprise Bargaining Wage Growth Trends

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  • Australian Government, Department of Employment: Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining March 2016. Average Annualised Wage Increase (AAWI) per employee for Manufacturing agreements approved per quarter.
  • ABS, Cat No 6401.0: Consumer Price Index, Australia, March 2016