Three key factors impacting NZ Staff Turnover

The average National Staff turnover rate for 2020 was 18.5%.


This is a 6.1% decrease from 2019. For the first half of 2021 National Staff Turnover has decreased to 10.4%, a similar level in the first half of 2020.


Staff Turnover in New Zealand plateaued through 2015 to 2017.  In 2018 we saw a significant increase to 20.5, the highest rate since before the GFC in 2008.

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Why CEO’s want to know about Staff Turnover

Company boards and CEO’s have become more focused on the costs of staff turnover in the last decade as business competition increases, there is a drive for cost reduction and skills are in short supply.

The New Zealand Staff Turnover Survey has been operating for 14 years and provides many New Zealand Boards of Directors an important measure of business success

Staff Turnover is a measure of a company’s recruitment, onboarding and retention capability.

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What’s your story?

If you have been active in the job market recently you will have heard about Behavioural interview questions or experienced them in a job interview. They usually start with “Tell me about a time when you…” or “Give me an example of when you…”.

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The New Zealand Food Industry Salary Survey 2021

Lawson Williams partnered with The NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) and NZ Food and Grocery Council (NZFGC) to create the NZ Food Industry Salary Survey in 2019.

It is an understatement that since our first survey in 2019 the economy and employment markets have been significantly impacted. This survey reports the remuneration changes that have taken place in the Food Industry over this period.

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