Note 12. Employee Expenses

 

2015
$’000

2014
$’000

Wages and Salariesa

582,352

549,176

Annual Leave Expenseb

16,523

14,905

Long Service Leave Expensec

14,054

11,876

Workers' Compensation Insurance Premium

20,457

20,355

Termination Payment Expense

718

2,066

Other Employee Benefits and On-Costsd

9,007

8,002

Total Employee Expenses

643,111

606,380

 

 

 

 

No.

No.

Average full-time equivalent staff levels during the year were:

6,092

5,873

  1. The increase in Wages and Salaries mainly relates to pay rises under collective agreements and increases in staff numbers related to growth in services in acute services, mental health, community health centres, the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, community nursing, emergency department, and outpatient and imaging services.
  2. The increase is mainly due to the impact of collective agreement pay rises, an increase in staff numbers related to growth in services provided to patients and the growth in liability due to leave earned exceeding leave taken.
  3. The increase in Long Service Leave is mainly due to an increase in the rate used to estimate the present value of Long Service Leave payments from 103.5% to 104.2% and the effect of pay rises under the collective agreements.
  4. The increase is mainly due to an increase in the number of staff on paid maternity leave and increased recruitment agency costs.