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Wellington's skilled workforce

Wellington’s workforce is full of great people with the right skills for your business. Find out how Wellington’s workforce can help maximise the potential of your business.

Smart people

Wellington is full of smart and talented people. We also have the most highly educated workforce in New Zealand with 28% of the city's residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with the national average of 20% (Statistics New Zealand 2015).

Affordable salaries

When it comes to salaries, being an employer in the capital does not mean paying premium rates. Salaries in Wellington are up to 30% lower than Australia, particularly for contact centre salaries (Asia Pacific Cities of the Future 13/14). However, our relatively lower cost of living means that your employees can still have a high disposable income. 

Lower living costs

If you’re considering moving your staff to Wellington they will be attracted by the low cost of living here. House prices are relatively low in comparison to other Asia Pacific centres such as Sydney or Auckland – in fact Wellington’s median house price is $415,000, comfortably below the national median of $450,000 and well below Auckland's median of $678,000. This means more disposable income for you and your staff.

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New talent

The education system in New Zealand is ranked No.1 in the world (Legatum Prosperity Index, 2013), and as the capital city, we’re home to many of best education institutions in the country.

With three highly regarded universities and three institutes of technology located in the city, there’s a steady supply of flexible, tertiary-qualified and energetic new graduates.

These include Victoria University – the top research university in New Zealand, as well as Massey University, which has an internationally recognised design school.

Staff support

The Wellington Employer’s Chamber of Commerce offers a range of employment-related consultancy services, training courses, and business support.

Work and Income New Zealand can provide assistance with assessment and selection, pre-employment training and ongoing career support. Plus if your business meets certain criteria, you may be eligible for significant staff training subsidies and incentives.

Over 40 recruitment companies in Wellington

With a wide range of well-established recruitment companies in the region, including international agencies such as Hays, Adecco, Drake and Hudson, you can feel confident that you are recruiting the right people to grow your business.

We also have the most well-utilised public transport system (per capita) in New Zealand, which means you can draw your potential workforce from the Wellington region, allowing you to recruit in large numbers and quickly ramp up your operations.

Find the latest statistics on New Zealand’s labour market in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Quarterly Labour Market Scorecard.