Cantabrians 'absolutely love' their jobs

01:15, Mar 18 2014

More Cantabrians are happy in their jobs than those in Wellington or Auckland, according to a TradeMe survey.

Independent research, commissioned by Trade Me, surveyed more than 1200 people about their job satisfaction.

It found that 71 per cent of Cantabrians were positive about their jobs.

In fact nearly one-third of Cantabrians (29 per cent) "absolutely love" their work and a further 42 per cent said "I really like it but it's not quite love".

In Wellington, just 62 per cent of workers "absolutely love" or "really like" their jobs compared with 61 per cent in Auckland.

Marlborough workers were reportedly the happiest, with 100 per cent either loving or really liking their job.


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 survey also asked workers if they would consider moving, and if so where to.

It found the West Coast was amongst the places New Zealanders would least consider moving to with only 4 per cent of people admitting they would consider moving there.

Australia was the most-preferred destination, followed by Wellington and the Bay of Plenty.

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.

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."

Fairfax Media