Employment data puts pressure on for pay rises

Posted By TEU on Nov 7, 2013 | 2 comments


Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 38

Average ordinary-time hourly earnings rose in both the private (up 2.6 percent) and public (up 2.7 percent) sectors according to Statistics NZ’s latest Quarterly Employment Survey.

TEU national industrial officer Irena Brorens says the pay rises that are happening are uneven and pressure is building on employers that have not paid a fair pay rise recently to look after their employees better. Many people in New Zealand did not get a rise this last year: 46 percent missed out, up from 44 percent in September last year.

“The data also shows that the workplaces that have unions and collective agreements are receiving higher pay rises than other workplaces.”

“The existence of a collective agreement in a workplace and cost of living are the two most common reasons employers list for awarding pay rises of 2 percent or more.”

Meanwhile CTU economist Bill Rosenberg warned that pay rates for all workers increased by less than inflation in the last quarter – a 0.4 percent increase in the Labour Cost Index (LCI) compared to 0.9 percent increase in CPI.

He also noted that the gender pay gap which shows women earning 15.5 percent less than men in their average ordinary time hourly wage is lower than it was a year ago (16.2 percent) when it jumped up briefly, but higher than two years ago (14.4 percent).

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  2. TEU ready to launch education blueprint
  3. British strike shuts down universities

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