30 Aug 2010

Tradespeople lead move to Australia - report

8:47 am on 30 August 2010

The Department of Labour says tradespeople rather than university graduates are leading the move across the Tasman to Australia.

It says tradespeople and lower skilled workers are being drawn by wages 60% higher than in New Zealand.

The report was based on Census data.

It says lifestyle, as well as some restrictions in the Australian civil service, partly explain why higher skilled workers are more likely to stay in New Zealand.