In 2015, for the first time in 24 years, more Australians were relocating to New Zealand than the other way around. Today, I came across some really useful information on www.careers.govt.nz part of which have been cut and pasted below for your convenience. It is particularly relevant to anyone planning to migrate to New Zealand, especially those whose children are still in primary or secondary schools. Their children can then plan their career and choose their profession in a more well-informed manner.
Who earns what?
Find out which jobs and industries in New Zealand are paying the most money, and how qualifications relate to earnings.
What are the highest and lowest-paying jobs?
Many of the highest-paying jobs are in information technology
The median income from wages and salaries across all jobs in June 2014 was about $45,000 a year (or $865 a week) before tax, according to a Statistics New Zealand income survey. This includes full and part-time jobs. The full-time median income was about $51,000 ($989 a week).
Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2014, the following ones had the highest median salaries:
- Information technology systems architect – $125,000
- Information technology manager/project manager – $115,000
- Commercial real estate agent – $115,000
- Doctor/specialist – $105,000
- Information technology consultant – $105,000
- Information technology sales representative – $105,000
- Information technology security specialist – $105,000
- Engineering manager – $105,000
- Bank, finance and insurance manager – $100,000
- Energy engineer – $95,000
- In-house counsel (law) – $95,000
- Property consultant and valuer – $95,000
- Corporate institutional banker – $95,000
- Information technology business systems analyst – $95,000
- Marketing, media and communications manager – $95,000.
Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2014, the following ones had the lowest median salaries:
- Caregiver – $32,000
- Retail assistant – $32,000
- Au pair and nanny – $32,000
- Bar staff and barista – $32,000
- Kitchenhand – $32,000
- Housekeeper – $33,000
- Process and assembly worker – $35,000
- Tour guide – $35,000
- Waiter/waitress – $35,000
- Cleaner – $35,000
- Assistant store manager – $35,000.
Source: Trade Me, 'Jobs Salary Guide', June 2014.
- Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment website - information about minimum wage rates
- Trade Me website - look up current pay rates for a range of jobs
What are the highest and lowest-paying industries?
People working in transport and logistics are among the lowest paid workers
- Consultancy and strategy
- Information and communication technology (ICT)
- Real estate and property
- Banking and financial services.
- Manufacturing and operations
- Administration and office support
- Retail sales
- Hospitality and tourism
- Call centre and customer service
- Transport and logistics.
Sources: Trade Me, 'Salary Survey', June 2014.
What impact do qualifications have on earnings?
Your level of education has been proven to have a big effect on how much you can earn. Generally, the higher your qualification, the more you will earn.