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New Zealand Motor Industry Remuneration Estimates

Updated 12-February -2021

At the time of posting our most recent update the global pandemic caused by Covid-19 has resulted in general border closures for New Zealand.   Automotive Employment NZ’s Licensed Immigration Adviser can provide advice on an employer’s likelihood of successfully importing skills into New Zealand. 

At current date, for most companies importing skilled migrants into New Zealand remains a complex process.  As a direct result of border closures, complications training enough unskilled New Zealanders and continuing business growth, wage and salary rates are climbing at rapid levels.

Employers are encouraged to communicate with our consulting team for more guidance on current wage and salary rates.  Attention to specific regional areas hard hit by skills shortages or the seniority of employees should be taken into account.   

 

Automotive Technicians, Auto Mechanics, support staff and Service Managers

Includes intermediate supervisors support staff and service management.

See rates for automotive technicians


Diesel Mechanics, support staff and Service Managers

Heavy Equipment, Heavy Transport, Forestry, Forklifts, Farm Machinery, Road Paving Equipment/ Mining and Recreational Marine Diesel.

See rates for diesel mechanics


Automotive and heavy parts roles including, Product Reps and Parts Managers

See rates for automotive and heavy parts roles


Administration, support, financial control and financial management

Office Managers, Accountants, Vehicle Clerks, Receptionists

See rates for administration roles


Vehicle Sales, Equipment Sales, Heavy Transport Sales, Fleet Sales, Finance and Insurance Sales, Buyers and Sales Managers

Includes Light Automotive, Heavy Transport and Heavy Equipment and Farm Machinery Sales

See rates for vehicle and equipment sales roles


Motor Body Staff

Automotive refinishers and Panel beaters.

See rates for motor body staff roles


Executive and Senior Management Appointments

After Sales Managers, Dealer Principals, General Managers, Service Directors

See rates for senior management roles


National Distributor Roles

The applicable rates should be easy for those in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia to understand. Migrants moving to New Zealand from countries such as the USA and Canada are encouraged to learn more about the structure of how New Zealanders are paid, such as with 4 week’s holiday and guaranteed minimum hours each month.

See rates for national distributor roles