More good news, salaries on the rise

Despite the opposition talking down the economy…and at the same time finding a new love for dairy it appears other areas of the economy are doing just fine thank you very much.

Salaries appear to have risen by $100 a month on average.

Average pay packages in New Zealand have risen almost $100 per month over the past year, fresh statistics have revealed.

Data by Seek.co.nz showed, average annual salaries for jobs listed on the site had increased 2.3 per cent, or $94 per month after tax, year on year to June 2015.

The national average advertised salary now sits at $74,965.

Seek.co.nz general manager Janet Faulding said the increase had occurred despite slowing economic factors and a reported drop in business confidence.

“It is encouraging to see there has been upwards movement in salaries across the the job advertisements posted [on the site].    Read more »


What about the Fire at Will Clause?


Labour think they have won a major battle by getting the very small number of zero hours contracts employees contracts improved in parliament. This is all well and good because it doesn’t actually have any impact on Labour.

What would have an impact on Labour is them removing the fire at will clause from parliamentary staffers contracts, something that they rail against in anyone in the private sector from having. MPs who don’t like the look of their staffer can fire them without reason, and instantly.   Read more »

National to target “Family hardship”

Listen up folks:  Poverty, that statistical abomination that the opposition uses to guilt us all into thinking we have a quarter of a million kids that go without the essentials of life, is on the outer.  National are not addressing poverty, but they will deal with family hardship.

Prime Minister John Key has announced a review of the ways the Government spends billions on vulnerable families and children ahead of the Budget in May.

A review on what we are spending and retargeting money that isn’t providing a good returns is a good initiative.  It won’t please the left, as they just want “more money”.  As if more money has ever solved anything by itself.

“The Government is looking at ways to help families and children in material hardship,” he said in his Prime Minister’s statement….

“As a first step, the Government will look hard at the billions of dollars already spent on vulnerable families and children to determine how this could be better used.”

Expect some bludgers with manufactured hardship to face some real hardship unless they get off their arses and back to work.   Read more »

Graph of the day (AKA: Labour never stood a chance)



All Vacancies Index Seasonally adjusted and trend series (May 2007=100)

Just make a mental note that National have been running the economy since 2009.

Jobs Online monthly report – December 2014

Published: January 2015

Jobs Online measures changes in job vacancies advertised by businesses on the two main internet job boards – SEEK and Trade Me Jobs. The trend series is used as the lead indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.


Online job vacancies grew in December. Online vacancies for skilled jobs grew by 1.1 per cent in December, while all vacancies increased by 0.8 per cent. Read more »

The economy is booming – Labour never stood a chance


We still have to be grateful for Labour declaring all those industry sector crises.  Because they sure ended up fixing everything.

Trade Me analysed more than 56,000 roles listed on its website and said there had been steady job growth since 2013.

After steady growth over the last half of 2013, the number of jobs advertised on Trade Me shot up by 16 percent in 2014. Read more »

Some words of caution for Andrew Little and Labour, but will they listen?

Tony Alexander, in his latest newsletter, has some words of caution for Andrew Little and the Labour party about the path they have embarked on.

Last week I noted that there are some trends which people (businesses I suppose, truth be told) should keep an eye on. These included growing wealth inequality and employers exploiting staff. Perhaps this latter thread is one of the motivating factors behind the new Leader of the Opposition’s announcement that he will set up a two year “Future of Work Commission”. The intention is that this project will examine changes in the way people work via numerous workshops and extensive contact with various groups. The risk is that it ends
up being a grumpy free for all for all and sundry so the first task of the work which Grant Robertson will lead is to tightly define what they wish specifically to focus on and go from there.

Good luck to them because one outcome of the GFC is an altered relationship between employers and employees. But more than that whole new industries and jobs have appeared, there is more casualisation and contracting, and a generation of people have come through the education system and entered the workforce with minimal awareness of what unions can offer them. And that union movement suffers greatly from being associated with exactly that – a politically motivated always Labour-supporting “movement” rather than true representation of employee concerns.

These are early days for the re-elected National government and early days for the latest Labour Party leader, so the thrust of changes in the employee-employer relationship for the next three years is still likely to be in the direction of further empowering the former. But employers should keep an eye on the building undercurrent of discontent among the working poor in particular, what the Aussies call the “battlers”, and where possible seek input into the new Commission.

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How about that manufacturing crisis?

Remember the manufacturing crisis that the Labour party and assorted other opposition parties promulgated?

You know that the sector that was in total decay and was going to fail dooming us to a life of low wage servitude and indentured labour?

Yeah…that crisis…remember?

Manufacturers are flat out and are crying out for more workers, with a survey showing employment activity at record levels.

The latest BNZ- Business NZ Performance of Manufacturing Index showed the sector was expanding at its fastest pace this year in October.

The seasonally adjusted PMI for October was 59.3, up 0.8 on September. An index above 50 indicates the sector is growing and below 50 it is shrinking.

The PMI employment index hit 57.5 points in October, the highest level on record since the survey began in 2002.

BNZ senior economist Doug Steel said the labour market was getting stronger with annual employment growth of 3.2 per cent and the unemployment rate falling in the year to September.

“Today’s PMI results suggest more improvement is likely in the final quarter of 2014.”   Read more »

Meanwhile, back at the economy, jobs are up, unemployment down

Unemployment is down to 5.4 per cent in the September quarter, as rapidly rising job numbers more than keep up with the record migration boom.

Stoked ​by the building boom in Canterbury and Auckland, in the past year 72,000 more people have found new jobs, up 3.2 per cent.

In the September quarter jobs were up a healthy 0.8 per cent, a sign of solid economic growth.

Westpac Bank economists said the latest job figures were slightly stronger than markets expected. However, wage inflation remained low despite falling unemployment.

That added to the case for the Reserve Bank to keep official interest rates on hold till the second half of next year, Westpac said.

The building boom is responsible for almost half the big lift in jobs in the past year, with most of that concentrated in Canterbury and Auckland.

Statistics NZ figures out today also show subdued wage inflation, up just 1.6 per cent in the past year, with government workers getting even smaller increases.

More people in work eh?  That won’t improve child poverty statistics, will it?   Read more »

Bob Jones on the living wage

Yesterday Bob Jones gave his considered opinion on the living wage.

He has spent some considerable time talking to retailers about costs in their businesses, which led him to a discussion on wages and staffing:

My inquiry as to the best employees brought an unsurprising answer – new immigrants by a country mile. What particularly interested me was the salaries for what’s essentially menial work. In most cases they’re on the minimum wage. Any more and they’re out of business, he said, and I believe him.

I mention all of this in the context of the absurdly titled living wage clamour, the noise invariably coming from leftish critics not employing anyone, nor ever likely to. There are exceptions. Two leftie Wellington city councillors, respective owners of small city retail food businesses, led the charge recently for menial task council employees to be paid the so-called living wage. Inquiry however, revealed their own employees were on the minimum wage.

“We’d go broke,” they wailed when their hypocrisy was exposed. It was classic left do as I say, not as I do, double standards. Everyone benefits from a high wage economy as it increases spending power and thus the economy. But it also necessarily increases prices which no one wants to meet, thus shop assistants are the lowest paid sector in the work force, despite being one of the largest.   Read more »

Jobs, jobs, jobs

A member of the Ground Crew reports in:


I was driving back from Hawkes Bay today and saw this on the Takapau Plains. Silver Fern Farms meat processing plant seem desperate for people to work.

Central Hawkes Bay would be as cheap as chips to live in with low rents.

Buying a house might even be affordable for the dear souls in AKL. Even Petrol ($2.09.9 verses $2.23.9 in WLG) is cheaper.   Read more »