The average salary for heads of environment in Australia has jumped to more than $300,000, with potential average salaries crossing $360,000, according to data from Talent Nation.
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Recruiters for roles in ESG and sustainability say it’s a candidate’s market when it comes to hiring.
Companies across most industry sectors are hiring from junior to senior executive levels to find capabilities in ESG and sustainability, driven by increased focus on ESG performance from investors, customers and community stakeholders, said Richard Evans, managing director, Talent Nation, which specialises in recruiting for the environmental and sustainability fields
There is a hiring run in Australia. Earlier this month, jobs board SEEK reported a record-high number of jobs posted to the platform, eclipsing the previous benchmark which was set just one month before. Job postings are up more than 30% compared to two years ago.
Richard Evans, Managing Director at Talent Nation, has been in recruitment for 23 years. He turned his focus to environment and sustainability in 2008 when discussions around the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme gave him an insight into to the sector, its people and their pioneering projects, and today he’s seeing a gear change in the demand for jobs and skills.
Talent Nation managing editor Richard Evans said that he’s never seen the market for sustainability roles so busy and wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a skills shortage in the near future.
He said interest has bounded back since the worst of Covid, and that he’s observed several organisations fill their first-ever sustainability role and many others are looking to boost their capabilities.
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The average salary for a head of sustainability role in tops $300,000, with women earning slightly more than men, according to research from specialist recruitment agency Talent Nation.
Talent Nation collected information from over 200 companies in Australia and New Zealand, across a variety of industries and locations. The average salary was $314,159, but there are differences based on location and industry sector, noted Richard Evans, managing director, Talent Nation, which specialises in recruiting for the environmental and sustainability fields.