State of the sport industry workforce in WA

SportWest has released the WA Sport Industry Remuneration & Benefits Report providing important insights that will influence how the industry can best attract and retain employees in the future. Some key insights include:

* The WA sports industry employs more women (53.71%) than men (46.21%) in comparison women represent 47.9% of all employed people in Australia.

* Women are underrepresented in Senior Management Roles (41%). In comparison the national average of key management positions held by women are 32.5% and CEO’s 19.4*%.

* The most common length of service in an organisation is 1-2 years, in comparison the average in the Australian workforce is 1-4 years.

* Salaries across the industry have increased by 10% since the last survey in 2014, compared to 12% for all employed persons over the same period according to the Wage Price Index (ABS data).

•Women are underrepresented in Senior Management Roles (41%). In comparison the national average of key management positions held by women are 32.5% and CEO’s 19.4*%.

•Women hold 49%** of SSA Board Positions. In March 2021 AICD reported women held 30.8% of ASX 300 Board positions.

58% of employees in the WA Sports industry hold full-time positions, this is a dramatic decline from 72% in 2014 (20% decline).

•Australian workforce data shows 69.7% of people hold full time roles across the country.

•There has also been a decline in part-time roles with a shift towards fixed-term contracts and casual employees.

•The average age in the industry is 39 years old

•The largest group is 26-35 year olds.

•Those in management roles are most likely to be in the 36-45 age group

A condensed version of the report is available here

The report has identified a range of key trends on the state of the workforce and recommendations for the industry to address. This is an important opportunity for the industry to come together and collectively respond to the challenges and opportunities presented to ensure the WA sport industry positions itself as an industry of choice for employees to attract and retain quality people.