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Top 10 highest paying jobs in NZ in 2019
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One common work goal we work toward, regardless industry, is securing the best possible salary. So what are in the highest paying jobs in New Zealand?
We recently released the Michael Page Salary Benchmark Report 2019, which outlines salary tables for a wide range of jobs across key sectors throughout NZ.
Take a look at the top 10 highest paying jobs in the country for 2019:
1. General Manager (Procurement)
The procurement and supply chain industry has seen an increase of 15 per cent in the number of jobs posted over the past 12 months but there remains a shortage of professionals with applicable skills in the sector. As such, upper management-level procurement professionals with extensive experience are highly sought after, and General Managers in the sector take top spot for the highest paying job in New Zealand. Those who secure a position as General Manager in procurement are looking at an average salary of between $290,000 and $350,000, with an average base of $320,000.
2. Country Manager – Sales (Consumer Goods)
Being a performance-driven sector, sale professionals may start with a lower base salary than those in comparable roles in other industries but the potential to earn more through bonuses and commissions is high. Those who have made their way up to the position of Country Manager in the consumer goods sphere can expect to be remunerated generously with a base pay packet of between $220,000 and $280,000 a year.
3. Senior Procurement Manager
A step below the General Manager role in the procurement sector, Senior Procurement Managers are highly sought after for their specialised expertise in areas such as spend analysis, opportunity identification, national/local supply market analysis, stakeholder relationship management and sourcing strategies. Professionals in senior procurement management positions earn between $180,000 and $225,000 annually, with the average yearly salary in NZ being $203,000.
4. General Manager (Finance)
There’s an increased focus on head-hunting executive-level professionals with both financial acumen and the soft skills needed to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders. Despite an overall reduction in headcount across the finance sector, General Managers with this two-pronged skillset attract some of the highest salaries in the country, earning between $170,000 and $250,000 a year.
5. CTO/Head of Technology/ General Manager (Technology)
With the explosion of tech still going strong, it’s no surprise that upper management roles like Chief Technology Officers, Heads of Technology and General Managers attract sizeable salaries in NZ. Professionals in these positions can expect to earn an average annual salary of $250,000, with a typical base salary range of between $200,000 and $300,000.
6. Sales Director
Sales Directors are responsible for shaping and managing a business’ entire sales strategy, which means organisations have a vested interest in offering generous financial incentives to attract the best talent. Sales Directors are best paid in the consumer goods sector, earning between $180,000 and $240,000 a year, while those in the media and agency sectors earn slightly less on average, between $120,000 and $150,000 a year.
7. General Manager (Building Construction)
Within the construction industry, organisations are searching for experienced intermediate to senior-level candidates who are able to hit the ground running. With increased government and private spending on construction in property and infrastructure, New Zealand’s construction boom is driving demand for General Managers with specialised skills in the sector. Professionals who fit the bill can expect to earn between $180,000 and $220,000 a year, with an average salary of $200,000.
8. Architect Manager (Technology)
A growing number of companies are engaging in technology-led change and transformation involving ERP, cloud, security, digital and data – all of which requires sophisticated architecture to ensure a solid technical framework. IT and tech professionals who have the right skills and move into an Architect Manager role can look forward to earning between $150,000 and 250,000 a year.
9. Commercial Manager – Finance (Business/Systems Analysis, Audit & Controls)
Commercial Managers are key decision-makers within the finance sector, and are responsible for everything from reporting, planning and budgeting to analytics and forecasting. Commercial Managers within the Business/Systems Analysis subsector earn the highest wages on average at between $155,000 and $200,000, while those in the Audit & Controls subsector earn between $130,000 and $220,000.
10. Head of Digital
Companies are increasing their understanding of digital and using it to drive business strategy, increasing demand for professionals with digital skill sets. However, there remains a significant talent shortage overall, and professionals with longstanding experience in the digital sector are sought after in a number of industries. Heads of Digital in particular attract the highest salaries, earning an average of between $150,000 and $200,000 a year.
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