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Average Wellington salaries now highest in NZ

News from SEEK
The SEEK Employment Trend Report, focussing on job advertising, candidate availability and salary trends, shows that the average Wellington salary saw an increase in the last 12 months of 4.5% to $89,309 – the highest in the country. While job advertising growth continues to boom with an increase of 9.2%.

At a glance:

– Job listings have increased for the same quarter y/y (albeit slightly)
– The average advertised salary is up
– The biggest demand with increased growth includes Community Services & Development, Government & Defence, Education and Training, Marketing & Communications.

Nationally, the SEEK New Zealand Employment Report identifies moderate growth in job ads in comparison to the same period in 2018 with an increase of 0.9% in jobs advertised year on year for quarter three.

SEEK New Zealand General Manager Janet Faulding says: “While there is much conversation occurring about business and employer confidence being reported as low and employment intentions anything but booming, job ad volumes reflect moderate growth on the same period from last year.

“This is great news particularly for our regions where we know there has been population growth. If we look at Waikato for example, we are seeing more roles contributing to growth, including Information & Communication Technology, Retail, Construction and Trades and Services. Across the region, we know more houses are being built, more people are moving to the region which leads to an increase in employment opportunities in the area.”

BNZ’s Senior Markets Economist, Craig Ebert suggests that with the steadying of job ad growth there have also been glimmers of positivity from employment intentions reported in recent business surveys.

“The very latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, for example, recorded a three-month outlook on staffing better than it was a quarter ago, setting it further above its long-term average,” says Craig.

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