Average wages up seven percent?

That has to be overseas, right?

If you’re looking for a career change, then consulting and strategy are where the big bucks are – the only sector attracting an average six figure salary, new data reveals.

The annual average salary for consulting and strategy was $104,117, followed by engineering, construction, information and communication technology, and mining, resources and energy sector.

These were the biggest earning sectors – all raking in more than $90,000 annually last month, according to jobs advertised on Seek.co.nz.

Professionals working in insurance and superannuation, and real estate and property saw the biggest salary hikes with the online recruitment site reporting 23 per cent and 16 per cent average salary rises respectively from January to December 2014.

However the mining, resources and energy sector took the biggest hit, down 7 per cent during the same period.

Wellington and Auckland were the areas where the highest salaries could be found, both up 7 per cent in the past year to $82,357 and $78,414 respectively.

While Marlborough reported the biggest drop, down 13 per cent which made it the region with the lowest average salary at just $54,018.

Overall the average salary nationwide rose 7 per cent to $76,538 last year.

Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said the increase reflected a positive change in the economy and as a result Kiwis were benefiting financially from it.

Oh damn.  Another disaster for Labour and the Greens.

Without the economy to beat up on, I guess we’ll be back to that nasty Cameron Slater guy and John Key’s data husbandry.


– Nikki Preston, NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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