For PTs employed by fitness facilities, the issue of pay rates can be very confusing for both employers and employees. Recently, a Canberra PT sought assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman after unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter with his employer.
After acting cooperatively with the Fair Work Officers, the employer willingly paid $9800 in back pay to the PT, after paying him at a level below his education and experience for 19 months.
So what is the ‘correct’ pay rate? PTs conducting personal training sessions and fitness classes should be paid a minimum of $27.45 an hour, while those undertaking general gym work such as reception duties should be paid at least $25.16 an hour. Minimum ay rates in Australia are not negotiable.
But rates can differ wildly. Casual, part-time or full-time work, overtime, weekend and public holidays, broken shifts, employee’s age and experience are all contributing factors to a PT’s take-home pay.
Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said it’s important that both employees and business owners know that they can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for advice and assistance specific to the fitness industry.
The most up-to-date pay information in available on the Fair Work website – click on the link and scroll down to the Fitness Industry Award. The Fair Work Ombudsman website has a suite of online resources that provide advice on pay, shift, leave and redundancy requirements.
While it can be confusing interpreting the tables and information, it is essential that you understand your rights and know that there is support if you believe you are not being paid the correct amount. Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for more information, or give us a call on 1300 784 467.