July 08, 2008

Wages - median wages in New Zealand - this is due for update and release shortly. Below is last Junes summary.

"Earnings from wages and salaries" Last years figures from www.stats.govt.nz

Source: 'Profile of New Zealand 2008' this is found on the Main home page in the left column of home page, within this report there is a chapter on wages.

2007 (last year)

Average hourly earnings 21.41

Average weekly earnings 796.00

Median hourly earnings 18.00

Median weekly earnings 710.00

Embargoed until 10:45am – 4 October 2007

New Zealand Income Survey: June 2007 quarter – Media Release

Wages/salaries and investments drive increase in income

In the June 2007 quarter, the average weekly income for all people from all sources was $667, Statistics New Zealand said today. This information comes from the annual New Zealand Income Survey, which is run during the June quarter (April to June). The survey provides a snapshot of income statistics on people and households.

The $667 average weekly income (mentioned above) was an increase of 9.4 percent from the June 2006 quarter average of $610, and was the highest annual percentage increase since the June 2002 quarter. This change was mainly due to a rise in wages and salaries and investment income.

Increases in the number of wage and salary earners were similar for males and females, up 2.0 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. For those receiving wage and salary income, the average weekly wage and salary income increased more for males (up 8.7 percent) than for females (up 6.0 percent). The larger increase for males was due to a combination of factors, including more males being represented at the higher wage and salary income levels, and more males in full-time employment.

Median (half receive more, and half receive less than this amount) hourly earnings for people receiving income from wages and salaries rose from the June 2006 quarter to the June 2007 quarter, up $1.00 to $18.00 (5.9 percent increase). Males increased by $0.97 to $19.10 per hour and females increased by $0.90 to $16.78 per hour. All industries and occupations experienced increases in both average (mean) and median hourly earnings compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

Over the year, average weekly investment income for those receiving investment income increased by 29.1 percent (to $137). Age groups with the highest average weekly investment income were the 60- to 64-year age group and the 55- to 59-year age group ($265 and $232, respectively). Both these age groups also received the highest average weekly investment income for all people.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
4 October 2007.

More on salary rates ==>Update from Trademe jobs (please feel free to add comments for further sources):

Average salaries on the increase
Jul 25, 2008 11:28 AM

Average salaries in New Zealand have increased substantially, according to the analysis of 73,000 jobs listed on Trade Me Jobs in the first half of 2008.

"Since the last quarter of 2007, we have seen the average salary increase 3.7% from $55,583 to $57,664," said Trade Me Jobs head, Jimmy McGee.

"The labour market has definitely eased, with applications per job up 8% over that period . However, wage inflation was strong,'' he said.

IT continues to dominate the highest paid professions with IT architects, project managers and functional consultants, all averaging pay rates over $100,000.

"Outside of IT, the top five paid professions are doctors ($106,823), construction project managers ($95,378), engineering managers ($92,843), in-house legal counsel ($90,440) and financial controllers ($89,081)," McGee said.

Wellington remains the highest paid location, buoyed by the large number of public servants and service companies, followed by Auckland and new entrant New Plymouth. Regional and secondary urban areas such as Central Hawkes Bay and Timaru saw the greatest salary softening.

"We are seeing two distinct trends at present. Pay rates for unskilled and semi-skilled are flat, while pay rates for mid-level earners and the highly skilled are increasing at rates above the national average."

Unfortuneately this blogger, a Reference Librarian with six years experience and an honours degree plus all ongoing work based training receives less than the average wage for women. I received a small annual increase this month but the hourly rate still falls just below the average median wage for woman in 2007.

This has consistently been the case during my period of employment. It is unfortuneate that more employers are not guided by national statistical figures indicating average hourly pay rates. Particularly as a library is seen as a centre of education and advancement. I find this demotiviating. I do enjoy almost all aspects of my job but question how Council wage rates of this level are truely responsible. Particularly in a region where women fair worse in health statistics (such as breast cancer - Hawke's Bay is the worst region of all NZ health boards * I have read some excellent reports from skilled individuals working in this medical field here locally however) woman in a role such as mine should be getting a fairer deal. Valuing workers with fair pay should be a council priority as living costs increase. Imagine if I were to earn as much as the average males hourly rate - gosh - maybe then I would be getting a fairer deal. Is the alternative to change jobs? - but then council looses a valuable experienced educated worker. The pay scale needs updating and or my contract needs to be updated with a wage increase that reflects at least the average wage, but lets face it I am better educated that the average. Actually this is irritating as every 3 1/2 hour shift when the library opens on Sunday I earn $17.50 approx less than the average new zealand person earned for time per hour last year.

What actually can happen in a job that is well liked like mine is that people accept to little for too long because being in a Library is such a priviledge, dealing with people and literature of real value is a priviledge. However, I know this year when I needed to upgrade my pc I had real problems funding that. Imagine if over six years I had recouped that $17.50 dollars for every Sunday - I had worked and then had received the average national wage for as analysed by statistics New Zealand, why that would be the cost of a new lap top two times over. It might not be a laptop upgrade either maybe a dentist repair bill, an appliance repair bill, a rates bill, a new bike or the cost to sponsor a child in the developed world etc. Point is my labour should be rewarded, and my profession should not be undervalued. It 's important to think about why this is happening so I may talk to some more people about this. Of course there are other perks in a job that you need to weigh up in your overall satisfaction with employment conditions but I think that wage rates are important to get right and its true that if no one complains things stay static so I am doing some additional research of resources...


*Some sources I have found about low wages and support for workers include:

Brochures providing the following contacts:

Department of Labour: "For information on minimum employment rights or other employment relations issues visit www.dol.govt.nz or phone 0800 20 90 20(from the brouchure, 'Your minumum employment rights a guide for employees April 2007).

New Zealannd Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi: www.union.org.nz call O800 MY UNION 0800 698 646. See campaigns such as SuperSizeMyPay.com "to increase the minimum wage and end youth rates...to win decent pay increases for all workers and achieve a high wage economy.

The PSA(Public Service Association) www.psa.org.nz


Pay and Employment Equity (PaEE) from the brochure:

Why is PaEE important?

==> Woman earn 14% less than men.

==> The gap is widening.

==> This means a woman will lose about $400,000 over her working life.

==> Women's skills, resources and potential are limited by the narrow range of female-dominated occupations.

My brochure also outlined;

Key reasons for the pay gap

Government's Five Year Action Plan:

Unions and employers will jointly review pay and employment equity

Gender Neutral Job Evaluation (GNJE)

Does Your workplace have a Pay Equity Issue

Plus from Building Better Businesses :

How do you go about motivating staff? Are there any benefits in motivating? Can you name say four simple techniques to gain improved motivation?

Motivation can be improved by offering staff tangible benefits, for example:

Shares in the company
Bonuses for performance
Free education courses to improve qualifications
Extra leave for study purposes
Free holiday somewhere
Dinner for two
Unexpected Gift.

Decent pay increases for all workers needs to be a priority for Council so that we can better move toward the goal of a high wage economy, with the associated health benefits and lifestyle benefits this allows. This months July 2008 increases don't reach the median hourly rate of New Zealand woman in June 2007, this is of course less than the average hourly rate of New Zealand woman in June 2007, the average hourly rate of New Zealand men and the median hourly rate of New Zealand men in June 2007.


1 comment:

alamgir said...

i read it its a good survey

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