Almost 90 per cent of employers in the construction, property and engineering sector expect to give workers a salary increase at their next review according to the latest Hays Salary Survey.
The 2018/19 report shows 52 per cent of employers in that sector expect to hand out a raise of up to 3 per cent, 28 per cent expected to give raises of 3-6 per cent, seven per cent in the 6-10 per cent bracket and two per cent plan hikes of 10 per cent or more.
That leaves 11 per cent not expecting to offer salary increases.
The report noted an upsurge in demand for candidates with civil construction experience in Queensland as well as roles including project managers, contract administrators and estimators.
In the mining and energy sector, almost 80 per cent of employers expect to give workers a salary increase at their next review.
This includes 57 per cent of employers expecting to increase salaries by up to 3 per cent, 15 per cent expecting to give raises of 3-6 per cent, four per cent in the 6-10 per cent bracket and three per cent planning hikes of 10 per cent or more.
That leaves 21 per cent not expecting to offer salary increases.
The report said mining companies in many areas had started to increase wages by early 2018 in a bid to lure back blue collar workers who had migrated to other industries.
A growing number of bosses were concerned about skill shortages due to the number of workers who had left the industry during the recent downturn.
The 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide is based on a survey of more than 3000 organisations representing more than 2.3 million employees. The full report can be viewed at www.hays.com.au/salary