Capital most desired city to move to

A FAMILY TRADE: Keven Saunders on his boat. He loves his job and is not surprised fishermen are among the happiest at work.
A FAMILY TRADE: Keven Saunders on his boat. He loves his job and is not surprised fishermen are among the happiest at work.

Wellington is the New Zealand city most workers would like to shift to, but it's Waikato where they're the happiest.

Independent research, commissioned by Trade Me, surveyed more than 1200 people about their job satisfaction, where they would consider relocating to for a new opportunity, and what makes them switch jobs.

Australia was the top destination people wanted to move to, followed by Wellington and the Bay of Plenty.

The West Coast and "other" South Island locations were at the bottom of the pile, with only 4 per cent of people admitting they would consider moving there.

While the capital was a popular destination, Waikato was the main centre where workers were the happiest, with 82 per cent either loving or really liking their job.

Christchurch was second with 71 per cent, followed by Wellington at 62 per cent and Auckland at 61 per cent.

Job satisfaction was also high in smaller regions such as Hawke's Bay and Taranaki at 83 per cent, but Southland was the opposite, with an equal amount of people hating and loving their jobs.

The research also revealed a clear winner when it comes to the type of job with the happiest workers.

People in agriculture, fishing and forestry were the most content, with 83 per cent saying they loved or really liked their jobs.

Those in banking, finance and insurance and government work were also happy, while at the other end only 33 per cent of people in science and technology jobs had high satisfaction.

Paremata fisherman Keven Saunders said he was not surprised by the results.

He has been plying the waters for more than 30 years, and said it was rare for him to head out to work and not look forward to it, despite the long hours that could stretch from 5am to 9pm.

"I love being outside, playing around with boats, fishing, and all sorts of man things."

Fishing was in his family's blood, with his grandfather having built his boat Streaker and his father also a fisherman.

The only downside he could think of was working weekends, which could keep him away from his family.

Trade Me head of jobs Peter Osborne said the research showed that, for every person who hated their job, there were about 10 others who enjoyed theirs.

While money had proven to be the main reason people would look for a new job, this was often a reflection of economy.

"With high interest rates and cost of living, money becomes more important."

The Dominion Post