Surely he jests (Paid Content at NBR):
An Auckland immigration consultant expects to see more working holiday schemes after the government signed a deal with the Philippines today.
Philippines president Benigno Aquino was in New Zealand with a number of senior colleagues and a business delegation of 70 people.
Prime Minister John Key and Mr Aquino met to discuss the growing relationship between the two countries and later witnessed the signing of the new agreement.
Under the scheme, 100 Philippines’ residents between the ages of 18 and 30 will be granted temporary visas for a year-long stay in New Zealand.
They will be able to take up work but cannot stay with the same employer for more than three months.
Likewise, 100 New Zealanders will be able to travel to the Philippines every year under the same conditions.
I can understand 100 Philippines’ residents wanting to come here. Just look at the income figures from there.
The current exchange rate between the Philippines Peso and the New Zealand Dollar shows that 1PHP=0.0297.
So the median hourly rate for a nurse in the Philippines is $5.94 and for a highly paid IT Consultant (like Lynn Prentice) they would get $15 per hour. Sheesh even bludgers in New Zealand get more as a base benefit for sitting on their arses.
Our minimum wage laws require people to be paid $13.50 per hour and Labour and the Greens want that increased to $15 per hour which they describe as a “living wage”. Clearly the teeming millions in the Philippines find that a living wage is so much less than what our fat cat politicians believe to be the case.
I’ll lay money on the table right now that there will be one way traffic in this exchange system with the Philippines. They will be coming here but not a single Kiwi will take up the challenge of working for those wage rates in the Philippines.
Personally I’d like to see far more Philippines residents coming here to work, but I wish our politicians would be honest about it.
Instead of a silly limit of 100 people, let’s let in thousands, even at our minimum wage they are earning many time more than they are capable of earning in the Philippines. It is a win, win for the country. We get hordes of willing and capable workers at a better price than our own workforce…and the workers from the Philippines get to earn many thousands more working here than they could ever dream of in the Philippines.
Of course the unions will complain…and the left wing politicians…but then they have just proved to us all that you can easily live on $2.25 per day. Even at Philippine wage rates that is double for just one hours work, should be plenty enough.
Bear in mind also that the Philippines has the highest pay rates in Asia…something that is causing consternation amongst their employers who are struggling to compete with Vietnam, Cambodia and China.
Perhaps DPF could negotiate a better scheme while he is sunning himself in Vietnam and Cambodia?