Average job site salary passes $72,000 mark
The average salary for jobs advertised on the seek.co.nz website has risen to $72,731, up 1.3 per cent.
According to Seek, Taranaki is currently the highest-paid region in New Zealand with an average salary of $80,269, although this represents a 6.9 per cent decline on January's average for the province.
Wellington is the next most-highly paid area, with an average May salary of $79,412, up 1.5 per cent on January.
In third place on the Seek rankings is the West Coast with an average salary of $74,270, down 5.5 per cent.
Auckland comes fourth on $73,828, up 1.4 per cent. Canterbury and Waikato are in fifth and sixth place respectively, with average salaries of $68,978 and $65,272, both representing a small decline on January.
The most-lowly paid region in the country is Tasman with an average salary of $58,432, down 6.4 per cent in the five-month period.
Taranaki took top place because it was home to the largest number of roles in the mining, resources and energy sector, the highest paid industry in the country, Seek general manager Janet Faulding said.
"Roles in this industry have an average salary of $103,275, a significant $30,000 above the national average," she said.
However Faulding said rising employer confidence in the economy generally was slowly filtering through to the job market, resulting in rising wages and more job opportunities.
* This story has been amended. An earlier version incorrectly referred to the average NZ salary rather than those advertised on Seek.