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Wellington the place to get a new job

By MSN NZ Money staff
09:30 AEST Mon Jan 10 2011
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The average salary package on offer in Wellington is the highest in the country, according to new data released by employment website Seek.

After reviewing salaries on offer for jobs throughout the country, Seek says job starters in Wellington can expect an average package of $74,392.33.

This puts the capital ahead of Auckland (average salary package $71,103.33).

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Third place on the list was the West Coast, where the average salary package on offer is $70,549.

Marlborough had the lowest average salary package of $52,785. The national average was $69,140.

Seek’s data shows this figure has risen each month for the past three months.

Seek senior executive Helen Souness says this is positive news for workers but has cautioned employers that they could be hit up for pay rises in the next few weeks or face losing staff.

“After two years of widespread pay freezes and retrenchment, the job market is stabilising and employees no longer feel grateful ‘just to have a job’. The New Year is the traditional time for people to review where they are in their career and those who have not received a pay increase recently may be motivated to look at other options,” says Ms Souness.

Here is a list of average salary packages on offer for each region
Wellington $74,392.33
Auckland $71,103.33
West Coast $ 70,549.00
Taranaki $69,927.67
Northland $ 63,604.33
Southland $ 62,797.97
Waikato $62,269.33
Canterbury $ 61,638.67
Gisborne $61,126.00
Bay of Plenty $ 59,604.33
Tasman $59,464.00
Otago $58,888.67
Manawatu $ 58,734.33
Hawkes Bay $57,510.00
Marlborough $52,785.00
*All figures based on job listings on, Sept – November 2010.

Average salary rates reflect an aggregated midpoint of the annual salary package of full-time jobs on offer, not average pay rates for people in work.

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