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Canterbury leads salary growth; IT sector stabilises

Salaries in Canterbury are climbing as the region looks to attract workers for its rebuild.

Salaries in Canterbury are climbing as the region looks to attract workers for its rebuild.

According to Seek.co.nz, the region's average annual wage for jobs advertised on its website has grown 3.6 percent to $66,415 in the first half of 2012.

Nationally, the pay average increased only 1.4 per cent to $71,731.

Wellington's average went up 2.4 percent to $77,441 – the highest in New Zealand – and Auckland salaries increased 0.8 percent to $73,297.

IT salaries level off

Meanwhile, IT sector salaries have stabilised over the last six months following a slight drop off last year, according to the latest absoluteIT Salary Survey, which shows an overall 0 percent growth in both the median base salary ($75,000) and the hourly rate ($80) – a positive turnaround from the 2 percent decline in 2011.

"Given the prevailing economic uncertainty, achieving 0 percent growth is a very positive result. In context with the slight ebb reported in the last survey, we can see it as a sign of growth," says absoluteIT director Grant Burley.

Wellington again heads the regional base median salary ($80,000) compared with Auckland ($75,000), Christchurch and South Island/Other ($70,000) and Hamilton and North Island/Other ($63,000).

Burley said public sector hiring practices were shifting from permanent roles to contract.

"There is a huge amount of work and demand for talent. Public sector organisations face meeting significant deliverables on lower budgets and bringing in specialist skills in the short-term is the most fast and cost-effective way to do this."

Key changes in remuneration include software architects and developers reporting significant increases while business analysts, technical writers, testers, systems administrators and web/multimedia designers have all seen a drop – reflecting both supply and demand and market needs.

"We're seeing an increasing trend away from IT simply as a support function to that of an enabler and an integral contributor to growth."


The absoluteIT Salary Survey draws on data from more than 19,000 anonymous responses.