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Labour Market Statistics (Income): June 2017 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  01 September 2017
Key facts

In the year to the June 2017 quarter, for people receiving income from that source:

  • Median weekly earnings from paid employment increased by $35.
  • Median weekly earnings from wages and salaries increased by $22.
  • Median weekly earnings from self-employment decreased by $20.
  • Median weekly income from government transfers increased by $18.

All income figures in this information release refer to gross (before tax) income for individuals.

All income changes in this information release are statistically significant unless otherwise specified.

June 2017 quarter Annual change
Median weekly Median hourly Median weekly Median hourly
($) ($) (%)  ($) (%)
Earnings from paid employment 959 24.00 35 3.8 0.78 3.4
Earnings from wages and salaries 959 24.29 22 2.4 0.80  3.4 
Earnings from self-employment 700 21.62 -20* -2.8 0.31 1.5
Income from government transfers 337 ... 18  5.7 ...  ...

 Symbols: ... not applicable   * not statistically significant

 

Full-time / part-time work

Median hourly earnings for wage and salary earners in the year to the June 2017 quarter:

  • Full-time workers’ earnings rose $0.85 (3.4 percent) to $25.85 – for women working full-time, their earnings rose $0.96 (4.0 percent); for men, it rose $0.81 (3.1 percent).
  • Part-time workers’ earnings rose $0.50 (2.8 percent) to $18.25 – for women working part-time, their earnings rose $0.94 (5.2 percent); for men it rose $0.84 (5.0 percent).  

Median weekly earnings for wage and salary earners in the year to the June 2017 quarter:

  • Full-time workers' earnings rose $32 (3.1 percent) to $1,094 – for women working full-time, their earnings rose $38 (4.0 percent) to $998.
  • Part-time workers’ earnings rose $21 (6.7 percent) to $336.

Industry and occupation

Median hourly earnings from main wage and salary jobs in the year to the June 2017 quarter:

  • Electricity, gas, water, and waste services rose $4.51 (16.3 percent) to $32.13.
  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishing rose $2.32 (12.1 percent) to $21.50.
  • Wholesale trade rose $2.09 (8.4 percent) to $27.09.
  • Transport, postal, and warehousing rose $1.42 (6.5 percent) to $23.42.
  • Retail trade and accommodation rose $0.50 (2.9 percent) to $17.50.

Median hourly earnings for occupations:

  • Technician and trade worker occupations rose $0.98 (4.3 percent) to $24.00.
  • Professional occupations rose $1.01 (3.2 percent) to $32.55.
  • Labourer occupations rose $0.50 (2.9 percent) to $18.00.
  • Sales worker occupations rose $0.50 (2.9 percent) to $18.00.

Ethnicity

For paid employment in the year to the June 2017 quarter:

  • Median weekly earnings for Māori rose $44 (5.2 percent) to $884 – for Māori men, their earnings rose $79 (8.6 percent) to $1,000. For women, their earnings rose $47 (6.6 percent) to $767, but this was not statistically significant.
  • Median weekly earnings for Europeans rose $38 (4.0 percent) to $997 – for European women, their earnings rose $32 (4.0 percent) to $832. For men, their earnings rose $27 (2.4 percent) to $1,151, but this was not statistically significant.

Disability

In the June 2017 quarter, we began collecting data in the Household Labour Force Survey for people’s disability status. This enables us to report on different labour market outcomes for disabled people and non-disabled people in June quarters each year.

People are classified as disabled if they are either having a lot of difficulty with or are incapable of: seeing or hearing (even with hearing aids), walking or climbing stairs, remembering or concentrating, self-care, or communicating.

  • Median weekly earnings from wages and salaries for disabled people aged 15 to 64 was $864 – for non-disabled people aged 15 to 64, it was $968.
  • Median weekly earnings from government transfers for disabled people aged 15 to 64 was $298 – for non-disabled people aged 15 to 64, it was $223.

NZ.Stat has more disability income data. See the Income tables.

Improving New Zealand Disability Data has more information on our new measure and disability classifications.

On 7 September 2017, Stats NZ will publish a new release, Labour Market Statistics (Disability): June 2017 quarter. This explores the labour market outcomes of disabled and non-disabled people.

Mark Sowden , Acting Government Statistician
ISSN 2463-6746 
1 September 2017

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