Friday, July 25, 2008

Skilled get more; unskilled get less

A survey of 73,000 jobs listed on the Trade Me website shows average pay rates rose by 3.7 percent between the last quarter of last year and the first half of this year, the New Zealand Press Association reported today.

During this period, the average salary in New Zealand rose from $55,583 to $57,664.

Trade Me, which conducted the survey, said it was not scientific. It provided only a snapshot comparison.

Another of its findings was that unskilled workers went backwards in nominal terms, even before the annual inflation rate of 4 percent was taken into account.

Kitchen staff were the worst paid at $28,831, down from $29,625. Waiting staff were at $30,296, down from $30,826; caregivers at $30,894, down from $31,967; shop assistants at $31,668, down from $32,565, and cleaners at $31,704, down from $31,964.

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