How to know if you’re getting a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work

Ange Connor


Ever wondered if you are getting paid what you’re worth? How does what you get paid compare to others in regional Victoria who do the same job?

This would have to be the number one question I get asked as a recruiter. No, money isn’t always everything however whether we are considering applying for a new job or want to prepare for our next performance appraisal and salary review, what we get paid is an important part of the equation.

Talking money, especially at interview has always been taboo. People are secretive about what they really earn and more often than not people exaggerate what they earn. If you’ve ever tried to find out if what you are getting paid is a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work based on your specific skills, experience, qualifications and the type of organisation you work for, it’s a pretty hard task. Personally, being quoted a salary range in an annual salary survey, for example $70,000 to $95,000 for a job tells me not much at all and when you factor in the difference in pay scales between Melbourne and regional Victoria, I’m really no better off in knowing what I’m worth and how I compare to my peers.

That’s why Inspire HQ have launched Regional Salaries.

Now, for the first time ever, you can confidentially compare your salary with what people across regional Victoria are really earning in your profession. A free resource, Regional Salaries is regional Victoria’s first real time online salary survey, providing detailed, accurate and relevant information so you can find out if you’re getting a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Working on an honesty based, give to get system, you can compare your salary and search comparable salaries based on your specific profession, level of experience, benefits and the type and size of the organisation you work for. You can use the site to keep an eye on salary trends and receive email alerts when new salary data is entered that’s relevant to you.

To make Regional Salaries as useful and relevant as possible we need to build the data. Basically, the more real information you add the more real information you will have access to. Currently in its infancy, we’re reaching out to people to contribute their salary data to help us make the product a success and a valuable tool for people across regional Victoria.

At Inspire HQ, we feel it’s important for people and businesses to have access to relevant, timely and accurate salary data, specific to their region. As they say “information is knowledge and knowledge is power” and we believe regional salaries will arm you with the knowledge and power to achieve career satisfaction.

So what are you waiting for? Contribute your salary data by visiting and see how you shape up! Feel free to share regional salaries with your family, friends and peers.

Already checked out regional salaries and contributed your salary data? We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on your experience. Regional Salaries has been developed specifically for employees across regional Victoria and we want to make sure it’s a valuable tool for you. If you’ve got feedback and ideas on how we can make it better or more useful please share your thoughts with us.

About The Author
Ange Connor

Ange is the Founder and Director of Inspire HQ, one of regional Victoria’s leading recruitment, human resource (HR) and careers agencies. Ange is an ‘ideas’ person and a ‘big picture’ thinker. She loves to challenge the status quo – in fact, that’s how Inspire HQ began.

Ange has supported hundreds of businesses across Ballarat and regional Victoria to attract, engage, motivate, develop and retain their greatest assets; their people. Ange’s unyielding passion and invaluable knowledge of the recruitment and HR industry ensures she delivers the best solutions for her clients.

Ange has held various board positions and regularly volunteers her time to share her industry and market knowledge. She was recently a Councillor for the Victoria and Tasmania region of the Recruitment Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) of Australia and New Zealand, and she is a current Board Director of the Committee for Ballarat.

For more useful information, follow Ange on LinkedIn.

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