Queensland jockeys get pay rise
Queensland jockeys will get a pay rise and a 9.5 per cent superannuation contribution in a new three-year deal.
Racing Queensland announced on Sunday that the state’s jockeys would receive $167.50 per ride with the superannuation contribution taking the amount to $183.41 for the first year.
The base payment will increase each year, going up to $170 plus 10 per cent superannuation contribution in 2015/16 and $175 plus 10.5 per cent the following season.
RQ chief executive Darren Condon said Queensland had one of the highest rates in terms of the number of rides offered each year in Australia and the boost to riding fees would make the state a much more attractive prospect to jockeys.
“We have worked closely with the Queensland Jockeys’ Association on the riding fee and superannuation arrangements and we are pleased to be able to provide future financial security for jockeys,” Condon said.
“The QJA agreed to not receive an increase last year in anticipation of the new wagering deal, which we were grateful for, and we have now been able to provide a competitive package for them.
“The riding fees are paid by Racing Queensland on behalf of the owners to reduce the cost of racing a horse and this new structure ensures the jockeys also receive an improved return.”
QJA president Glen Prentice said it was pleasing the negotiations had led to a favourable outcome for both parties.
“At all times the negotiations were conducted in the right spirit and the QJA and jockeys across the state welcome the agreement for the next three years,” he said.
The increases follow a recent boost to overall prize money from the new 30-year wagering deal between RQ and TattsBet finalised in June.