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How your pay negotiations went

December 8th, 2003

How your pay negotiations went

Despite buoyant employment, frequently reported skills shortages, and heady consumer confidence, the National Wage and Salary Survey this year registered an overall average increase of 3.86 per cent in basic wages and salary remuneration, only a fraction higher than last year (3.82 per cent).

Furthermore employers are anticipating pay rises over the next year to average 3.38 per cent overall, about the same as last year’s expectations.

“No one is expecting any large build up of wages pressure,” said the Survey’s manager for the Employers & Manufacturers Association, Graeme Perfect.

This year’s annual nation wide salary survey was the ninth; it’s New Zealand’s longest established and most comprehensive. The 605 employer organisations participating supplied extensive data in July for 94,043 employees in 208 positions across 19 job categories.

The average reported increase for senior managers was 4.48 per cent, down from a 4.51 per cent increase last year. For middle managers the increase was 4.28 per cent and others 4.2 per cent, with the average overall increase paid in salary and wages up 3.86 per cent. 58 per cent of senior managers got a pay rise of between 3-5 per cent; 57 per cent of middle managers got between 3-5 per cent; 51 per cent of others also got 3-5 per cent.

The basic figures don’t include performance incentives, bonus payments, or benefits such as superannuation or company cars; these will be the subject of a separate release soon.

The Survey data also provides a national indicator with information on regional variations, redundancy and overtime practices, plus remuneration stats for a range of industry sectors, and upper, median and lower quartile bands for most jobs.

“The fastest growing pay packets are those of tool makers, up a whopping average 20.4 per cent for the year,” Mr Perfect said.

“Toolmakers nationally are now getting an average basic pay exceeding $51,000, plus performance bonuses and other benefits in many cases.

“Other rapid movers include petrol motor mechanics, enjoying some catch up from last year’s negative result; general managers for organisations employing between 50 and 199 staff, up 9.5 per cent to $123,277; and computer analysts and systems engineers also enjoying a catch up from last year’s slightly negative outcome.

“Job types in the doldrums include marketing/ business development managers, down five per cent to $81,860; skilled shop assistants, down 6.7 per cent to $25,586, and HR Managers who recorded a nil increase at $49,936.

“The survey’s wage and salary figures are averages and should be considered in terms of trends over at least two or three years,” said Mr Perfect.

“Areas where pay is rising faster than the average of 3.86% tend to be those where skills are in short supply.

(More information on a total of 26 job types is included in the tables attached or on www.ema.co.nz)

Comments:

Pay rates for 26 job types

RECEPTIONIST/TYPIST/DATA ENTRY
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 369 368 290 303 340 260
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 27,151 27,168 28,321 28,329 28,787 30,439
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 12% Chge prev yr: 0 Chge prev yr: 1.6% Chge prev
yr: +5.7%

ACCOUNTS CLERK
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 325 253 208 222 212 240
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 28,071 29,698 29,359 35,311 37,691 38,567
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 37.4% Chge prev yr: + 20.2% Chge prev yr: +6% Chge prev yr: +2.3%

WAREHOUSE/STOREPERSON (UNSKILLED)
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 470 373 317 473
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) n/a n/a 21,789 24,328 24205 24,107
Change from 2000 to 2003 is 10.6% Chge prev yr: 1.65% Chge prev yr: -0.5% Chge prev yr: 0

PRODUCTION WORKER (SEMI SKILLED)
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 2508 3457 2041 1931 2361 3,507
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 23,795 24,455 25,440 27,981 29,888 28,259
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 18.7% Chge prev yr: +10% Chge prev yr: +6.8% Chge prev yr: -5%

SHOP SALESPERSON – SKILLED
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 247 235 913 255 1098 858
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 25,206 24,921 24,375 26,823 27443 25,586
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 1.5% Chge prev yr: +10% Chge prev yr: +2.3% Chge prev yr: -6.7%

DRIVER – GENERAL ROAD TRANSPORT
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 274 360 313 401 333 276
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 28,670 29,511 28,552 32,622 32393 33,817
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 17.9% Chge prev
yr: 14.25% Chge prev
yr: -0.7% Chge prev yr: 4.4%

STAFF NURSE/REGISTERED NURSE
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 2212 2392 1332 1456 499 767
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 36,926 38,298 39,468 39,280 39947 41,687
Change from 1997 to 2002 is 12.9% Chge prev yr: -0.5% Chge prev
yr: +1.7% Chge prev yr: +4.3%

SALES REP/COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 627 822 519 372 486 402
National Average Basic
Remuneration ($) 36,300 37,331 35,966 37,945 40,426 39,258
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 8.1% Chge prev yr: + 5.5% Chge prev yr: +6.5% Chge prev yr: -2.9%

HUMAN RESOURCES/PERSONNEL OFFICER
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 117 115 104 99 89 102
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 44,377 46,839 46,448 48,448 50,275 49,936
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 12.5% Chge prev
yr: +5.37% Chge prev yr: +3.8% Chge prev yr: 0

MARKETING/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 111 126 141 95 109 122
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 72,165 76,014 78,086 89,047 86110 81,860
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 13.4% Chge prev yr: +14% Chge prev yr: -3.4% Chge prev yr: -5%

GENERAL MANAGER (UNDER 50 EMPLOYEES)
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 189 205 132 136 141 119
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 81,682 81,052 83,578 83,822 91,100 97,087
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 18.8% Chge prev yr: + 0.3% Chge prev
yr: +8.7% Chge prev yr: +6.5%

GENERAL MANAGER (50 – 199 EMPLOYEES)
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 149 135 110 100 101 95
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 96,036 105,204 101,567 108,025 112,549 123,277
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 28.3% Chge prev yr: +6.36% Chge prev
yr: +4.2% Chge prev yr: 9.5%


MANAGING DIRECTOR (50 - 199 EMPLOYEES)
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 66 87 85 90 82 77
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 117,927 119,560 127,513 127,722 142,206 139,244
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 18% Chge prev yr: + 0.2% Chge prev
yr: +11.3% Chge prev yr: -2%

INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 124 102 103 96 111 109
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 69,020 73,818 74,443 76,767 79541 81,433
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 17.9% Chge prev yr: +3.12% Chge prev
yr: +3.6% Chge prev yr: 2.3%

ANALYST/PROGRAMMER AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS ENGINEER
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 305 609 306 112 232 269
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 47,566 50,448 52,932 52,146 51621 55,976
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 17.6% Chge prev yr: - 1.5% Chge prev
yr: - 1.0% Chge prev yr: 8.4%

ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
No of Employees 157 121 103 78 83 80
National Average Basic Remuneration ($) 35,473 35,342 39,347 40,286 45,737 38,232
Change from 1998 to 2003 is 7.7% Chge prev yr: +2.39% Chge prev
yr: +14% Chge prev yr: -16.4%


COMPARISON OF 10 TRADES RATES 2003

REGISTERED ELECTRICIAN
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 189 214 170
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 41,201 43,787 6.28% 43,975 0.43%

MAINTENANCE FITTER
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 228 287 299
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 40,746 43,346 6.38% 45,499 4.97%


MOTOR MECHANIC- DIESEL
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 201 84 155
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 37,204 40,707 9.42% 42,999 5.63%

MOTOR MECHANIC- PETROL
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 63 139 145
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 33,720 31,734 -5.89% 34,763 9.54%

TOOLMAKER
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 56 53 51
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 41,309 43,011 4.12% 51,786 20.40%

PRODUCTION WORKER (UNSKILLED)
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 997 1,106 2,567
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 23,180 23,625 1.92% 23,610 -0.06%

FITTER'S MATE
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 32 111 80
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 29,136 30,466 4.56% 31,423 3.14%

WAREHOUSE STORE PERSON (UNSKILLED)
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 373 317 473
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 24,328 24,205 -0.51% 24,107 -0.40%

WAREHOUSE STORE PERSON (SEMI-SKILLED)
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 570 612 832
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 26,394 26,966 2.17% 27,815 3.15%


CARETAKER/CUSTODIAN/HANDYPERSON
2001 2002 % Change 01/02 2003 % Change 02/03
No of Employees Surveyed 37 52 60
Basic Annual Remuneration ($) 29,581 29,948 1.24% 32,436 8.31%

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