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Would you take a pay cut to work alongside pets?

Pets Over Pay – New survey reveals a third of Australians would take a pay cut to work alongside pets

A national survey has found that almost a third (31%) of Australians would take a pay cut to work in a pet-friendly environment, highlighting the depth of our love for our animals.

Conducted by Australia’s leading pet sitting platform PetCloud, the survey also found that age played a major role in the desire to work with pets, with millennials the most eager.

More than half (54%) of respondents aged 18-24 and nearly half (48%) aged 25-34 said they would take a pay cut to be able to work alongside their animals.

PetCloud Founder and CEO Deb Morrison said the results underpin how important pets are.

“We are living in tight economic times with everything from petrol to power and rent to rates on the rise, so when eight million Australians say they are willing to take a pay cut for the privilege of working alongside their pets, employers should take note,” Ms Morrison said.

“Having a dog nearby is a great reminder to take a break and go for a walk or to step away from the task at hand to enjoy a pat and some playtime – all of which can help prevent stress, overworking and burnout.”

Alex Hyndman Hill from RSPCA Queensland said there were positive benefits for pets too.

“We’d love to see more Australian businesses encourage office pets. As long as the right measures are in place, having an office dog can benefit employees and their furry friends. It can also prove to be the deciding factor for someone wanting to adopt a dog from the thousands of pups without homes, as it relieves the stress of leaving an animal alone all day,” she said.

This Friday (June 21) is ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ when employers all over the world open their businesses to pets to promote the benefits of pet ownership and in turn, encourage animal adoption.

Part owned by RSPCA Queensland, Ms Morrison said PetCloud proudly promoted any initiatives which encourage animal adoption and celebrate the role that pets play in our lives.

“Until more workplaces become pet-friendly, Australian workers are reminded that PetCloud offers doggy day care, dog walking, house visits and pet sitting so, no matter what job they do, they can have a pet and know that it’s being cared for while they’re at work or away on a work trip,” she said.

Other key findings from the survey include:

✔️Australian women (36%) were more likely than men (27%) to take a pay cut to work with pets
✔️ Half (50%) of Northern Territory respondents and 37 per cent of Western Australians said they would choose pets over pay
✔️ Only 18 per cent of ACT residents said they would take a pay cut to work alongside pets
✔️ New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania all sat around 30 per cent, in line with the national average
✔️ Only 15 per cent of those aged 55-64 said they would take a pay cut to work in a pet-friendly environment

For more information on PetCloud, visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 17th June 2019

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