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Doctors, Wellington, Wanganui in employment awards

18 January 2008

Doctors, Wellington and Wanganui take out the employment awards

Doctors were the highest paid profession in 2007 and Wellington the best paid location according to figures just released by Trade Me Jobs. Meanwhile Wanganui is the toughest place to recruit people.

“We’ve just finished doing a comparative study of 30,000 jobs listed on Trade Me Jobs over the last quarter of 2007 and found some interesting results,” said Trade Me Jobs manager, Jimmy McGee.

“While doctors were the highest paid profession with an average salary of $123,850, IT jobs took the next three positions with technology architects, IT sales people and IT project managers all being paid on average over $100,000. Project managers in construction rounded out the top five paid professions”.

By contrast kitchen hands, data entry staff, waiters, cleaners and caregivers were the five worst paid professions.

“A strong and growing government presence saw Wellington attain the highest average paying location, followed by Auckland. Timaru rocketed into number three position, followed by Western Bay of Plenty and New Plymouth.”

“Wanganui ended up the toughest place to recruit staff, followed by four other provincial areas; Thames, Marlborough, Tasman and Masterton.”

2007 saw online jobs advertising further cement itself as the primary means of attracting candidates. Over 600,000 Kiwis search for jobs online each month; a 15% increase on the same period last year.

“Over the next 12 months, we expect to see even stronger growth, due to the broadening appeal of job boards.” The full set of results for the study is listed below.

Best paid professions

1. Doctors ($123,850)
2. IT architects ($117,768)
3. IT sales ($108,742)
4. IT project managers ($100,251)
5. Construction project managers ($94,634)

Best paid locations

1. Wellington ($65,689)
2. Auckland City ($61,075)
3. Timaru ($60,274)
4. Western BOP ($55,583)
5. New Plymouth ($55,106)

Hardest place to find staff

1. Wanganui
2. Thames/ Coromandel
3. Marlborough
4. Tasman
5. Masterton

Worst paid professions

1. Kitchen staff ($29,625)
2. Data entry ($30,727)
3. Waiting staff ($30,826)
4. Cleaners ($31,964)
5. Caregivers ($31,967)

Worst paid locations

1. Southland ($41,224)
2. Palmerston North ($42,636)
3. Napier ($42,786)
4. Nelson ($43,515)
5. Rodney ($44,197)

Most competitive markets

1. Central Otago
2. Hamilton
3. Palmerston North
4. Waitakere City
5. Tauranga

NB: All figures based on recruitment advertising behaviour in respect of listing numbers, types, locations, stated salary and duration, on Trade Me Jobs Oct-Dec 2007.


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