The pay packets offered to retail workers jumped almost 10
per cent last year, according to a major jobs website, in
another sign of improving fortune for the sector.
Data from seek.co.nz reveals which industries had the best
salary growth in 2013, comparing the average pay offered in
job ads on the website in January and December last year.
Salaries advertised for "retail and consumer products" jobs
were the third-fastest-moving in 2013, up 9.2 per cent from
January to an average of $51,860 in December.
New Zealand Retailers Association northern regional manager
Russell Sinclair said the industry was a competitive one that
was trying to attract people who would make retail a career
The sector was slowly recovering from the economic downturn
in 2008, and this was likely to continue through 2014, he
Figures released this week by Paymark, which processes about
75 per cent of all electronic card transactions, showed
spending through its network was up 7.5 per cent last month
from December 2012.
"For the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis
we're seeing a significant increase in spending which should
bring optimism for most Kiwi retailers, and hopefully we see
this momentum continue into 2014," Paymark head of sales and
marketing Paul Whiston said on Wednesday.
Big-box retailer the Warehouse last year introduced higher
wages for staff with more than three years' experience and
the right skills. It announced in May that it would lift pay
for these workers to between $18.50 and $20 an hour.
While retail had good pay growth, design and architecture
jobs had the most positive movement and in December offered
an average salary of $75,195, up 11.7 per cent from last
Astrid Andersen, general manager of Architectural Designers
New Zealand, said a "booming Auckland housing market and the
surge in construction in Canterbury" were creating strong
demand for "well-qualified, professional practitioners".
"We are aware of [our] members undertaking six-monthly salary
reviews to retain staff and we are also aware that employers
are providing other incentives such as more flexible Retail
wages rise 10% working hours to keep good staff," Andersen
The pay offered for construction sector jobs had the next
best growth after architecture, up 10.2 per cent to an
average of $92,565 in December - helped by the Canterbury
rebuild. The industry with the highest average pay in
December 2013 was mining, resources and energy at $101,622,
up 2.4 per cent from January.
However, average salaries offered in resources strongholds
Taranaki and the West Coast were down 13 per cent and 17 per
Despite the fall, Taranaki was still the
second-highest-paying region, with an average salary of
It was beaten only by Wellington, where jobs offered in
December paid an average of $81,259 a year.
Auckland came close behind Taranaki, with average salaries
growing 3 per cent in 2013 to $75,170.
The regions rather than the major cities saw the highest pay
growth, with average salaries offered in Gisborne up 10 per
cent to $75,000. Marlborough also recorded good salary growth
with the average pay packet rising 8 per cent in 2013 to
The average salary offered on Seek in December was $74,002,
up 3 per cent from January.
"With many economists predicting that the economy will grow
at its fastest pace since 2007 this year, we expect 2014 to
be a strong year for the job market and salary growth," said
Seek general manager Janet Faulding.
- Hamish Fletcher of the NZ Herald