Salary – Know your numbers, love your results …

At edenfx we hold the specific salary market data for the previous 14 years and work with our clients to ensure their roles are market tested and salary appropriate to the positions.

In addition to our valid and interpretable data, we always enjoy the annual Safeguard Salary Survey and use this to support our data.

So what’s been happening 2019 – 2020, Peter Bateman reports.

PETER BATEMAN (Editor Safeguard) analyses this year’s incomes survey and finds last year’s income stagnation has been replaced with an increase for most – but there might be a catch.

Our thanks to the more than 450 people who took part in this year’s survey. As always, the survey was limited to New Zealand-based people working as H&S practitioners, occupational health nurses, occupational hygienists, or in human factors/ergonomics provided most of their work was H&S-focused.

On the income front, good news: last year’s median income for full-timers of $96,230 (which was $3000 less than the previous year) has gone up to $104,000 this year. Men and women appear to have both benefited, with male full-timers going from $103,060 to $112,300, while female full-timers went from $90,510 to $97,410.

Groups who reported a median income jump of at least $10,000 since last year include people:

Aged 30 to 39 (up $12K)

Aged 50 to 59 (up nearly $12K)

With a post-graduate diploma (up $12K)

In Auckland (up $14K)

In Wellington (up $19K)

In Christchurch (up $12K)

The catch? This year only 4.4% of respondents were members of the NZOHNA, a generally lower paid group, compared to 14.3% last year. Their absence might have pushed the numbers up. Similarly, the proportion of respondents with at least ten years’ experience has risen from 48 to 52%, while those working for the very largest organisations rose from nearly 15 to nearly 20%. All these factors may have inflated the overall median figures.

Regarding discernible trends beyond income, the proportion of respondents who have been made redundant in the last two years has remained unchanged, despite a considerable number of respondents to the question about the impact of Covid-19 saying they have been given the chop.

Similarly, the question about recruitment from outside New Zealand shows only a small drop, perhaps surprising given that just about anyone who isn’t a citizen or permanent resident hasn’t been able to enter the country since March.

Survey respondents’ views on the impact of Covid-19 make for fascinating reading. It looks like some people have been rushed off their feet, while some consultants have had little work. Our edited selection of the best appears on the following pages. Apologies to those whose words didn’t make the cut – we have tried to include a representative selection but couldn’t fit everyone in.

THE SUMMARY DATA (N = 456)

The most common response is in bold
GENDER SPLIT
Male 45.8%
Female 54.0%
Prefer not to say 0.2%
AGE RANGE
Under 30 4.4%
30-39 15.9%
40-49 28.4%
50-59 36.1%
60-69 14.8%
70+ 0.4%
HOW LONG IN H&S ROLES?
3 years or less 12.6%
4 – 9 years 35.5%
10 years or more 52.0%
HIGHEST FORMAL H&S QUALIFICATION?
H&S rep training 4.0%
Certificate (eg NZQA) 21.8%
Diploma 37.0%
Bachelor’s degree 3.5%
Post-grad diploma 22.7%
Master’s or PhD 5.1%
No H&S qualification 5.6%
TO WHICH PRACTITIONER BODIES DO YOU BELONG?
AIHS (formerly SIA) 1.1%
HFENZ 0.4%
HRNZ 2.0%
HSPNZ 0.9%
IOSH 11.4%
NZIHSM 0.2%
NZISM 66.4%
NZOHNA 4.4%
NZ Occ Hygiene Soc 2.6%
NZ Safety Council 3.1%
None 23.7%
(The numbers add to more than 100 because some people belong to multiple bodies)
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE HASANZ REGISTER?
Yes 15.4%
No 84.6%
DO YOU WORK FULL TIME?
Yes 90.5%
No 9.5%
THE FOCUS OF YOUR WORK LIES IN WHICH INDUSTRY SECTOR(S)?
Agriculture/forestry/fishing 12.8%
Construction 31.8%
Education 6.3%
Government (local or central) 23.4%
Healthcare 8.8%
Hospitality 2.3%
Manufacturing 28.2%
Mining/oil & gas 5.4%
Not-for-profit 2.7%
Retail/wholesale 6.8%
Transport 16.7%
Utilities 13.7%
WHERE IN NZ ARE YOU BASED?
Auckland 26.4%
Hamilton 6.2%
Tauranga 6.8%
Wellington 12.3%
North Island (elsewhere) 21.4%
Christchurch 14.3%
Dunedin 3.1%
South Island (elsewhere) 9.5%
WHAT PROPORTION OF TIME DO YOU ESTIMATE YOU SPEND ON EACH TYPE OF RISK?
Catastrophic risks (eg explosions) 12%
Work-related safety risks (eg falls, machinery, vehicles) 41%
Work-related physical health risks (eg noise, dust, chemicals, lifting) 25%
Work-related psychosocial health risks (eg bullying, sexual harassment) 14%
Personal health-related safety risks (eg impairment, hearing/eyesight,
heart health) 12%
WHAT OTHER ROLES DO YOU ALSO HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR?
Office administration 26.2%
Environment 49.3%
HR 15.6%
Quality 28.5%
ACC/rehab 55.6%
Security 13.3%
WHO DO YOU REPORT TO?
Someone in a more senior H&S role 26.9%
An operational/line/regional manager 12.6%
HR 8.2%
CEO/GM/Director 40.8%
Not applicable (self-employed) 8.8%
Other role 2.9%
ARE YOU IN THE SAME ROLE WITH THE SAME ORGANISATION AS 12 MONTHS AGO?
Yes 75.1%
No 24.9%
HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK IN YOUR ORGANISATION IN NZ?
1 – 19 12.8%
20 – 99 14.1%
100 – 499 31.7%
500 – 999 10.6%
1000 – 1999 9.9%
2000+ 20.9%
HAS YOUR ORGANISATION BEEN ASSESSED BY A SAFEPLUS ASSESSOR?
Yes 12.8%
No 73.4%
Not sure 13.9%
FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, HOW LIKELY ARE YOU STILL TO BE WORKING IN H&S?
Very likely 52.9%
Quite likely 33.3%
Not very likely 11.9%
Certainly not 2.0%
SINCE 2018 HAVE YOU BEEN MADE REDUNDANT FROM A H&S ROLE?
Yes 7.7%
No 92.3%
IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS, HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN RECRUITING FOR AT LEAST ONE H&S-RELATED ROLE?
Yes 45.6%
No 54.4%
IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS, HOW MANY H&S-RELATED ROLES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN RECRUITING? (Of those who replied Yes above)
One 43.8%
Two 38.5%
Three 7.2%
Four or more 10.6%
DID YOU FILL AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE ROLES WITH A CANDIDATE FROM OUTSIDE NEW ZEALAND?
Yes 16.4%
No 83.6%
ON AVERAGE, HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO FILL THOSE ROLES?
2 months or less 52.9%
3 to 4 months 31.7%
5 to 6 months 8.2%
More than 6 months 7.2%

OVERALL INCOME

This data includes only respondents working full time. N = 411
WHICH BEST DESCRIBES YOUR EMPLOYMENT STATUS?
Employee 92.2%
Self-employed 7.8%
WHAT IS YOUR ANNUAL BASE PERSONAL INCOME BEFORE TAX? (DO NOT INCLUDE ALLOWANCES)
Under $50,000 2.2%
$50,000 – $59,999 2.9%
$60,000 – $69,999 6.1%
$70,000 – $79,999 10.0%
$80,000 – $89,999 13.4%
$90,000 – $99,999 12.4%
$100,000 – $119,999 19.5%
$120,000 – $139,999 12.2%
$140,000 – $159,999 8.5%
$160,000 – $179,999 5.1%
$180,000 – $199,999 2.7%
$200,000+ 5.8%
WHICH BENEFIT(S) DO YOU RECEIVE?
Company vehicle 41.6%
Superannuation scheme 38.5%
Time off for study/CPD 49.5%
Health insurance 41.2%
ARE YOUR SERVICES ROUTINELY CHARGED OUT TO EXTERNAL CLIENTS?
Yes 13.4%
No 86.6%
(For those who answered Yes above; N=55)
WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL HOURLY CHARGE RATE?
Average $134/hour
Median $120/hour

MEDIAN BASE INCOME

An average is meaningless in this context. Instead we have used the median, calculated as the middle value in an ordered list. Only where N is 20 or more has a value been calculated. NOTE: this data includes only respondents working full time
CATEGORY N BASE INCOME ($)
Overall 411 104,000
By gender
Male 195 112,300
Female 215 97,410
By age group
30-39 64 105,830
40-49 117 109,170
50-59 157 106,000
60-69 54 102,500
By time in H&S
3 years or less 49 82,000
4 – 9 years 146 94,410
10+ years 216 118,000
By H&S qualification
Certificate 89 90,000
Diploma 154 100,320
Post-graduate diploma 95 120,000
By industry sector
Ag/forestry/fishing 51 104,000
Construction 121 108,000
Education 25 96,000
Healthcare 29 104,000
Government 99 99,170
Manufacturing 108 105,200
Mining/oil & gas 20 130,000
Retail/wholesale 25 106,670
Transport 68 105,290
Utilities 57 117,780
By location
Auckland 109 120,000
Hamilton 26 93,890
Tauranga 26 98,330
Wellington 54 119,000
North Island (elsewhere) 88 92,140
Christchurch 57 105,260
South Island (not Chch, Dunedin) 37 88,890
By professional body membership
IOSH 48 131,670
NZISM 277 104,760
By HASANZ Register membership
Member 64 105,550
Non-member 347 103,380
By number of people in organisation
1 – 19 42 104,280
20 – 99 53 92,000
100 – 499 134 99,330
500 – 999 46 113,080
1000 – 1999 45 113,330
2000+ 91 118,330

COMPARISON WITH PREVIOUS SURVEYS

YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
No. of respondents overall 456 456 446 488 479 328
% aged under 50 48.7 49.5 48.6 50.8 52.0 52.1
% with high H&S qualifications

(degree/postgrad dip or above)

36.9 28.5 34.4 29.1 32.6 34.2
No. of respondents (full time) 411 410 414 441 436 296
Median income – overall full time 104,000 96,230 99,500 95,865 88,410 87,390
Median income – male full time 112,300 103,060 109,130 106,840 94,310 95,430
Median income – female full time 97,410 90,510 90,000 86,070 80,160 78,970

 

PETER BATEMAN

 

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