Key salary trends for New Zealand in 2016


The Robert Walters Global Salary Survey for 2016 has been released. The annual survey contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and benchmarks salaries across our global markets.

2015 insight

The first half of 2015 saw buoyant hiring levels across the New Zealand jobs market. 

Activity decreased somewhat during the second part of the year as less than positive economic news emerged from China, and as prices declined across the critically important New Zealand dairy industry.

Despite confidence reducing towards the end of the year, qualified professionals were in particularly strong demand across sales and marketing, finance, IT and legal.

2016 expectations

There is cautious optimism for 2016 with recruitment levels anticipated to be broadly similar to those seen in 2015. However, demand is expected to be especially sensitive to wider economic conditions as New Zealand is increasingly exposed to global market forces. Competition will be particularly intense for experienced financial and commercial managers across all markets.

Key trends in 2016

Competition for talent is expected to intensify as market conditions improve, resulting in skill shortages across most disciplines

  • Competition for talent is expected to intensify as market conditions improve, resulting in skill shortages across most disciplines – negotiating power will shift from hiring managers back to professionals with niche skills.
  • Qualified professionals with both local and international work experience will continue to be in highest demand across all sectors and
  • Public sector organisations will continue to come under pressure to limit contract spend. However, despite a greater focus on fixed-term
    and permanent positions across most disciplines, there will continue to be a need for high-end contract hires.

About the Global Salary Survey

Now in its 17th year in 2016, the Robert Walters Salary Survey is one of the only hard copy surveys of its type and covers the UK and Ireland, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand as well as North and South America.

The Salary Survey provides insights into salary packages and recruitment trends across an extensive range of sectors globally including Finance, IT, Legal, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Resources and Engineering, Procurement and Supply Chain, and Secretarial and Business Support.

Download the Salary Survey

For a more in-depth look at our expectations for the recruitment market across New Zealand, request a copy of the full 2016 New Zealand Salary Survey.

The Salary Survey is also available as an App for download on iOS and Android.


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