Revealed: New Zealand's highest paying regions

Salaries are slowly rising across New Zealand, but which region is paying the most? We reveal the latest salary trends and where the highest-paying jobs are located

Wage growth has remained sluggish in recent years, despite New Zealand’s unemployment rate at its lowest level in a decade. However, it may be time to prepare for a lift. The latest data from SEEK shows salaries are creeping higher across the country. So which region is leading the way?

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Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Information & Communication Technology Management $129,870
2 Information & Communication Technology Architects $127,839
3 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $124,510
4 Insurance & Superannuation Management $124,333
5 Real Estate & Property Retail & Property Development $123,476
6 Banking & Financial Services Corporate Finance & Investment Banking $120,979
7 Engineering Management $120,175
8 Mining, Resources & Energy Management $119,500
9 Construction Management $119,325
10 Construction Project Management $117,417
11 Legal Generalists - In-house $117,364
12 Banking & Financial Services Management $115,690
13 Information & Communication Technology Consultants $115,121
14 Accounting Management $114,036
15 Legal Construction Law $113,793
16 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development $113,327
17 Accounting Strategy & Planning $113,181
18 Human Resources & Recruitment Management - Internal $113,080
19 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $112,853
20 Banking & Financial Services Treasury $112,666

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Information & Communication Technology Management $130,862
2 Marketing & Communications Product Management & Development $124,761
3 Healthcare & Medical Medical Specialists $119,750
4 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $119,727
5 Real Estate & Property Retail & Property Development $114,326
6 Education & Training Management - Universities $113,928
7 Information & Communication Technology Architects $113,780
8 Engineering Management $112,467
9 Construction Project Management $111,740
10 Banking & Financial Services Corporate Finance & Investment Banking $110,555
11 Construction Management $110,349
12 Banking & Financial Services Stockbroking & Trading $107,857
13 Human Resources & Recruitment Management - Internal $107,619
14 Accounting Management $106,971
15 Consulting & Strategy Strategy & Planning $106,511
16 Insurance & Superannuation Management $105,937
17 Legal Generalists - In-house $105,750
18 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $104,821
19 Banking & Financial Services Compliance & Risk $104,375
20 Banking & Financial Services Management $104,259

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Mining, Resources & Energy Management $125,833
2 Information & Communication Technology Consultants $123,000
3 Insurance & Superannuation Management $121,250
4 Information & Communication Technology Architects $120,714
5 Information & Communication Technology Management $115,571
6 Construction Management $113,920
7 Education & Training Management - Universities $111,944
8 Engineering Management $111,285
9 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $110,978
10 Engineering Project Management $107,463
11 Construction Contracts Management $106,402
12 Consulting & Strategy Strategy & Planning $105,416
13 Construction Project Management $104,349
14 Design & Architecture Urban Design & Planning $103,203
15 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $102,812
16 Banking & Financial Services Account & Relationship Management $102,500
17 Banking & Financial Services Management $101,875
18 Information & Communication Technology Programme & Project Management $101,826
19 Education & Training Management - Schools $101,250
20 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development $100,000

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Real Estate & Property Retail & Property Development $142,777
2 Healthcare & Medical Medical Specialists $135,227
3 Insurance & Superannuation Management $134,250
4 Information & Communication Technology Architects $131,356
5 Banking & Financial Services Banking - Corporate & Institutional $131,000
6 Information & Communication Technology Management $130,655
7 Mining, Resources & Energy Management $126,805
8 Banking & Financial Services Treasury $123,541
9 Accounting Management $122,346
10 Human Resources & Recruitment Management - Internal $121,708
11 Banking & Financial Services Management $120,243
12 Engineering Management $119,897
13 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $117,848
14 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $113,419
15 Information & Communication Technology Sales - Pre & Post $113,403
16 Marketing & Communications Management $113,402
17 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development $113,023
18 Construction Project Management $112,605
19 Construction Planning & Scheduling $112,600
20 Information & Communication Technology Security $112,306

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Salaries on the rise

Ben Pearson, General Manager – Wellington at Beyond Recruitment, says salaries are on the rise across the country. “Daily we are seeing salary negotiation, which is generally successful, so it’s not surprising to see this playing out as a trend,” he says.

This is supported by the latest data from SEEK, which shows that salaries are looking up across New Zealand’s five biggest regions this year. Wellington led the way with a 2.7% lift and recorded an average advertised salary of $84,466. This may be due to the high proportion of public sector workers, who in many cases earn more than those in the private sector./p>

Salaries in Auckland were up by 2.4% and the average pay packet was $78,415. In Hamilton, salaries increased by 1.6% with an average of $71,700. Meanwhile, Christchurch recorded the lowest growth in salaries with a 1.3% increase and an average of $74,948.

Where are the highest-paying jobs?

Wellington led the list of highest-paying roles, taking out the top five spots this year. First place went to Retail & Property Development ($142,777 average). With an expected population growth of around 50,000 people over the next 30 years, property development is a key part of Wellington City’s Urban Growth Plan.

“There is increasing demand for Estimation, Quantity Surveyors and Site Engineering skills, which are the more technically specialist property roles,” says Pearson. “We have seen some upward salary movement in these areas. The increase is probably also affected by high talent demand in Auckland, which is drawing talent from Wellington and other parts of New Zealand. This is placing upward pressure on remuneration nationally.”

Medical specialists in Wellington are the second biggest earners in the country ($135,227 average) while management roles in the region’s superannuation and insurance industry placed third with an average salary of $134,250.

Information Architects in Wellington came in fourth place with an average salary of $131,356. Mark Nielsen, Chief Executive Oficer – APAC at Talent International, says Information Architects are attracting high salaries in the nation’s capital due to the Government’s digital transformation program. “There is a strong demand for IT professionals in the public sector as the government responds to changes in the digital world,” he says. “I don’t see demand slowing down for some time and this will continue to have an effect on salaries.”

Meanwhile, roles in Wellington’s Corporate and Institutional Banking sector recorded the fifth highest salaries. Nielsen says this may be due to increasing demand for professionals with ICT skills in the banking industry. “Banks and the financial services sector are transforming,” he says. “They need professionals who can lead and support this in their key divisions.”

With wages on the rise across the regions, employers would be wise to review their salary levels. There may be more to life than money, but it’s one of the greatest incentives when it comes to attracting top talent.

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