Wages growth lower than expected nationally, despite reviews and minimum pay call

The wage price index for the September quarter - the Reserve Bank's and Treasury's preferred measure of wages growth - is expected to rise by 0.7 per cent for an annual rate of 2.2 per cent, the fastest pace in nearly two years.

A 3.3% increase in Australia's minimum wage rate rate at the start of July was expected to boost quarterly wage growth by 0.2 percentage points.

Callam Pickering, the Asia-Pacific economist for job site Indeed, said low wage growth remains the dominant, worrying trend for the Australian economy.

Economists had forecast a 0.7 per cent bump for the quarter and an annual rate of 2.2 per cent.

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"This is the best result since 2015", he said.

Wage growth figures due on Wednesday may leave employees wondering if they should also be paid more.

In original terms, through the year wage growth to the September quarter 2017 ranged from 1.2 per cent for the Mining industry to 2.7 per cent for Health care and social assistance and Arts and recreation services.

The surprisingly poor result saw the Australian dollar plunge below 76 cents against the U.S. dollar.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics chief economist Bruce Hockman described the September quarter increase as marginal.

ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett said the lack of impact from the bigger than usual minimum wage rise suggested underlying wages growth actually slowed in the quarter.

It will take into account the Reserve Bank's decision last week to again leave the cash rate at a record low 1.5 per cent and more signs of cooling across Australia's major housing markets, as well as renewed political instability from the citizenship debacle.

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