Big pay rises forecast for skilled workers in New Zealand

January 30, 2013

Salaries in high-demand industries are expected to rise this year, according to an NZ Herald report, as New Zealand's talent pool dries up, wIth an increase of up to $20,000 expected in sectors where there is a high demand for skilled workers.

The global Robert Walters Salary Survey 2013, released exclusively to the Herald, looked at last year's salaries and made predictions for this year for more than 120 positions - including permanent, interim and contract work - in the country's two biggest cities. The report assessed sectors the firm recruits in.

In Auckland, the upper-end of tax accountants' salaries leapt from $100,000 a year last year to $120,000. And the expected salary range for financial controllers with more than six years' experience went from $120,000 to $180,000 last year, to $120,000 to $200,000 a year.

Robert Walters' New Zealand managing director Richard Manthel said the bump in pay was because of an increasing confidence in business.

He predicted more jobs would be on offer in the coming months.

"When employers start to hire staff, that puts pressure on the skill sets and when there's demand for a skill set, salaries will obviously go up," he said.

One of the biggest sectors this year would be IT because of companies updating software and getting new data systems in place. The Canterbury rebuild meant the property and construction sector would see a boost as well as residential building in Auckland. The financial service and Government sectors would likely also see growth.

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