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Friday, 17 October 2014

Wages in Upper Hutt

In this week's Upper Hutt Leader there's a report that Upper Hutt has some of the lowest wages in the Wellington region. The report didn't note these wage rates are for jobs advertised in Upper Hutt, not necessarily what workers living here are paid. A large number of people - about 50% according to the Hutt Chamber of Commerce - live in Upper Hutt but commute daily to work in Wellington City.

The report doesn't take into consideration cost of living either. What the figures do show is that more needs to be done to attract businesses and their well-paid jobs to Upper Hutt. The council's recent economic development incentives are a good start on this.