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Median weekly income up 4.3 percent
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  02 October 2015

New Zealand Income Survey: June 2015 quarter  –  Media Release

Median weekly income from all sources was up $26 in the June 2015 quarter from a year ago, Statistics New Zealand said today. Half the population aged 15+ years received more than $621 a week in the June 2015 quarter.

“Over the last year, there were more wage and salary earners, particularly more full-time workers,” labour market and households statistics manager Diane Ramsay said. “This contributed to the income rise for all people, as full-time workers tend to receive higher income than the rest of the population.”

Median hourly earnings increased 83 cents, to $22.83, between the two June quarters. This increase was due to the rise in full-time workers, and the increase in full-time earnings. "Hourly earnings were up 3.8 percent – the largest increase in the last six years," Ms Ramsay said.

An increase in weekly income from government transfers also contributed to the increase in weekly income from all sources. Government transfers include income received from benefits, working for families tax credits, paid parental leave, student allowances, ACC payments, New Zealand Superannuation, and veteran’s and war pensions.

In the year to the June 2015 quarter, median weekly income from government transfers increased $12, to $315.

The New Zealand Income Survey (NZIS) surveys approximately 30,000 people each year during the June quarter (April to June). It provides a snapshot of before-tax income statistics about individuals and households.

See User guide for Statistics New Zealand's wage and income measures for more information on the NZIS and other income measures Statistics NZ provides.

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 For media enquiries contact: Mark Gordon, Wellington 04 931 4600, info@stats.govt.nz
 Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 2 October 2015
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