Press Release – SEEK
Salaries grew by over $3,000 in 2011, data released by SEEK New Zealand today has shown. The average national Kiwi pay packet increased 5% to $73,530 per annum across jobs advertised on www.seek.co.nz .
In Auckland, the average salary rose by $5,000 from January to November 2011, an increase of more than 6%, closing out the year with an average annual salary of $75,533.
In the nation’s capital the average salary package increased by $2,825 to reach $78,952.
New Zealand’s highest pay packets are not confined to the main centres with both the West Coast and Taranaki recording annual salaries above the national average. Janet Faulding, general manager of Seek NZ, explains;
“The Mining, Resources and Energy sector currently boosts New Zealand’s highest average annual salary and we saw a marked increase in available roles in this industry in 2011. There is a concentration of roles in this sector both on the West Coast and in Taranaki and this is having a positive impact on salaries in these regions.”
Average NZ salary packages by region (based on jobs advertised on seek.co.nz)
Location Average November 2011 salary package % growth from January
West Coast $100,307 27.2%
Wellington $78,952 3.7%
Auckland $75,533 1.8%
Taranaki $75,533 6.5%
National average $73,530 5%
Northland $69,890 9.0%
Southland $68,587 -0.7%
Waikato $66,902 0.4%
Canterbury $66,593 4.9%
Gisborne $65,244 4.6%
Bay of Plenty $64,001 2.3%
Manawatu $62,489 -4.8%
Otago $62,242 4.4%
Hawkes Bay $61,036 2.2%
Tasman $57,906 -0.1%
Marlborough $52,214 -13.1%
Roles in Mining, Resources and Energy also experienced the biggest salary increase in 2011, growing by 17.7% in the eleven months to November, closing the year on an average salary of $118,629. The second fastest growing classification was Advertising, Arts and Media, enjoying a 15.7% increase across the year, now with an average annual salary of $70,429.
The top salaries in the country in November 2011 spanned both white and blue collar industries. After Mining, Resources and Energy, the top five earning classifications were Consulting and Strategy ($89,121), Information and Communication Technology ($88,066), Engineering ($86,259) and Construction ($86,052).
Average NZ salary packages by classification (based on jobs advertised on seek.co.nz)
Classification Average November 2011 salary package % growth from January
Mining, Resources & Energy $118,629 17.7%
Consulting & Strategy $89,121 -3.8%
Information & Communication Technology $88,066 4%
Engineering $86,259 -2.5%
Construction $86,052 -7.5%
Banking & Financial Services $80,054 -4.2%
Marketing & Communications $78,800 5.7%
Legal $78,205 -8%
Real Estate & Property $76,932 9.8%
Accounting $76,640 5.7%
Human Resources & Recruitment $75,593 1%
Government & Defence $73,525 -2%
Healthcare & Medical $72,928 4.3%
Insurance & Superannuation $72,793 8.8%
Advertising, Arts & Media $70,429 15.7%
Sales $69,857 4.1%
Science & Technology $69,140 8.6%
Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics $63,907 0.0%
Education & Training $62,758 -0.1%
Design & Architecture $62,755 -0.6%
Sport & Recreation $62,586 -2.9%
Trades & Services $56,953 -3.3%
Farming, Animals & Conservation $56,133 -18.9%
Community Services & Development $55,965 2.1%
Retail & Consumer Products $50,312 7.9%
Hospitality & Tourism $48,872 0.9%
Call Centre & Customer Service $47,223 6.0%
Administration & Office Support $45,884 2.6%
“We know that the New Year is typically a time of increased activity for jobseekers on www.seek.co.nz  as those looking to land a new job in the New Year start applying themselves to the job hunt. For employers looking to attract or retain good staff, now is an ideal time to review salary packages to ensure your employees feel valued. If budgets don’t stretch to cover pay increases, offering non-monetary perks such as flexible working options or training and development opportunities can be another way of demonstrating your appreciation for your employees,” Ms Faulding concludes.
BusinessDesk report by Hannah Lynch
A jump in salaries offered in the mining, resource and energy sectors underpinned a 5 percent national increase in the average pay packet offered by employers using online job website Seek last year.
Roles in mining, resource and energy sector showed the biggest increase, up almost 18 percent in the eleven months to November, for a national salary average of $118,629, Seek said in a statement. That helped the average salary offered across all regions and sectors rise 5 percent to $73,530.
“The mining, resource and energy sector currently boosts New Zealand’s highest average annual salary and we saw a marked increase in available roles in the industry in 2011,” said Janet Faulding, general manager at Seek. “There is a concentration of roles in this sector both on the West Coast and Taranaki and this is having a positive impact on salaries in these regions.”
That boost came in the months after the Pike River Coal mine explosions that killed 29 miners and scuppered the project for the forseeable future, and also includes the approval for Bathurst Resources to pursue its open-cast mining plans above Westport.
New Zealand’s highest pay packets are not confined to the main centers with both the West Coast and Taranaki recording annual salaries above the national average, two resource-rich areas.
Jobs in advertising, arts and media were the second-biggest gainer in the 11-month period, up 16 percent to an average salary of $70,429.
In Auckland, the average salary rose six percent from January to November to $75,533, while in Wellington it increased $2,825 to $78,952.
The national increase in salaries advertised on Seek outpaced the 3.2 percent annual increase in average ordinary hourly wage to $26.53 by the end of September, according to government data. On a 40-hour working week, that equates to $55,182, or one-third below the average advertised salary on Seek.