The Australian Veterinarian Association annual workforce survey is distributed to all registered veterinarians through each state and territory registration board. It’s repeated each year to help identify future trends, inform the profession, registration boards and others about what’s happening, and help the AVA analyse the effects of increasing numbers of graduates, career breaks and part-time workers.
The 2013 survey found men are working longer hours and earning more than women across all age groups.
Vets under 30 are predominantly female (83.6 per cent) while only 33.4per cent of vets over 50 are female.
The geographic distribution of vets is consistent with human population densities around the country, and 76 per cent of respondents work in clinical practices:
- 3 per cent in corporate practices
- 20 per cent in solo practices
- 46 per cent in group practices
- 7 per cent working as locums
Other respondents worked in government (5 per cent), universities (7 per cent) and industry (4 per cent).
In relation to remuneration, 49 per cent of males earn more than $100,000 per annum compared with 16 per cent females, although this may have age confounding the result. Further analysis shows that of those under 30 years, 64.3 per cent males earn more than $60,000 compared with 46.1per cent females. Of those under 50 years 54.2 per cent males earn more than $80,000 compared with 23.5 per cent females.
The median hours worked each week was 40 both for clinicians and non-clinicians. Median hours worked for females was 38 and for males was 44. The difference between hours worked by females and males is largest in the 31-50 years of age group with 11 hours’ difference.
The median after-hours work undertaken by clinicians was 7 hours each week, with men working a median of 14 hours and women a median of 2 hours.
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