How much other people earn is a constant source of fascination, but it’s also taboo.
A new report from job website Seek sheds some light on salaries, and it makes for fascinating reading.
Data from May to July this year shows wages are up across all sectors, with most roles getting percentage increases of between 9.2% and 17.5% from the previous quarter.
The highest-paying jobs are in information and communications technology (ICT), with advertised salaries rising about 6% last quarter to an average of $111,000.
However, the biggest pay rise went to those working in sales, with salaries up 20.5% to an average of $77,950.
Warehouse packers also earn more in the back pocket, with their salary rising 17.5% to $51,853.
Seek NZ country manager Rob Clark said the pay rises may be due to “a very fascinating dynamic at play”.
“We continue to have a record number of jobs on seek.co.nz and have been for several months now,” he explained.
“As a result, we are seeing far fewer applicants per job and therefore those looking to find talent are having a harder time and with this imbalance between supply and demand, we are seeing wages rise across the board.”
Clark says that while wages for jobs in ICT, sales and warehouse packaging have seen healthy growth, wages are seeing good increases “across the spectrum.”
The worst performing jobs for pay raises are in real estate and community services.
He says that for people discouraged by the numbers, now is “a great time to look for a job”.
“There’s a boom out there – there’s no doubt about it. If you’re unhappy or looking for the next step, there’s never been a better time,” he said.
“You could say it’s less competitive, fewer people applying per role than there have been, so if you’re looking for a change now is the time because you have the better negotiating position than you never had.”