Hawke's Bay's low salaries falling further behind average

By PATRICK O'SULLIVAN

The first regional salary survey by internet job site Seek shows Hawke's Bay offers the second-lowest average salary level in New Zealand at $57,510 per annum.
The study measured salaries offered in job listings on seek.co.nz for the months September to November 2010.
Wellington showed the highest level of salaries offered at $74,392, ahead of Auckland, West Coast and Taranaki with the national average coming in at $69,140.
Marlborough continued to feature at the bottom of national salary level statistics at $52,785.
Nationally, the study showed a steady increase over the three months for salaries offered with an increase of $619 to $69,140 per annum.
Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce chief executive Murray Douglas said the numbers were broadly consistent with Hawke's Bay being in the lower quartile for salaries.
"There are several reasons for our position," he says.
"We have less graduates than most areas of NZ and graduates tend to attract higher salaries.
"We have more part-time jobs than most areas because of our seasonal economy.
"We have more rural jobs and rural jobs tend to be lower paid.
"We have a low number of public sector workers who tend to have pay higher than the private sector, hence Wellington has a relative benefit."
Mr Douglas voiced concern at Statistics New Zealand data that showed that while Hawke's Bay wages were rising, the rise was at a slower pace.
"We are falling behind," he said.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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