Retail NZ has released the results of its annual wages report, findings show that on average wages have increased by 5.1 percent over the last year.
Wages are usually a hot topic, with the living wage climbing higher than the minimum wage almost every year. But Retail NZ’s report shows that the average wage is now well above the living wage at $21.80.
An increase of 5.1 percent from $20.73 to $21.80, Greg Harford Retail NZ’s general manager of public affairs, says the wage increases in the retail sector have outpaced increases in the minimum wage.
“This partly reflects increased demand for skilled staff, and that retailers are increasingly seeking to invest in their people and help them build a career path in the sector.”
Harford says that the suvery also touches upon other ways retailers are rewarded, such as discounts, commission or vouchers.
“The retail sector is very diverse, with a very large range of skilled roles available to build a successful career. Apart from in-store sales, the retail sector offers roles in marketing, e-commerce, logistics, web design and a range of other activities. Altogether, more than 209,000 New Zealanders work in the retail sector - about 10 per cent of all jobs in the New Zealand economy.
"On a regional basis, retail wage rates are highest in Auckland, and there was little wage growth recorded in the South Island. Our report again recorded higher wages across the board for retailers with higher turnover levels. This indicates the challenges smaller retailers are facing in our regional centres, but also reflects the general ability of larger businesses to invest more in all aspects of their operations.”
The minimum wage rose from $15.25 to $15.75 on April 1 of this year. The wages report which has been in operation since 1993 is key to recognising that the retail industry continues to grow and thrive as demand does.
The 2017 survey was conducted in May based on details for the pay period that included Sunday, 30 April 2017. 10,744 employees were included.