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Wellington salaries close in on Auckland lead

An analysis of over 72,000 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs indicates that Wellington City is just $2 a year behind Auckland City as the highest earning area in the country.

Jeremy Wade, head of Trade Me Jobs, said the average salary in Wellington City was up a solid 7 per cent on last year to $71,558 – hot on the heels of Auckland City where wage growth was up just 0.2 per cent to $71,560.

“After dominating 2017, the capital has been chasing Auckland for the highest earning area this year. With lower living costs and employers putting more money on the table, the grass could be greener for employees in the capital.”

Wade attributed a chunk of the solid job growth in Wellington to the relatively new Labour-led Government assuming power and with the public servant cap being lifted last month, this growth should continue in the third quarter.

For those looking to change jobs in the next year, he suggested that making the move sooner rather than later was the way to go.

“It’s a job hunter’s market with the average number of job applications down 6.3 per cent across the country.”