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Returns from training in the dairy farming industry. Part A: The relationship between formal qualifications and employee income

This analysis explores the relationship between formal qualifications and the individual income of segments of employees in the dairy farming sector. Intuitively, better qualified staff should be paid more, all other factors being equal. Data obtained using Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure are used to test this hypothesis. The report explores the influence of qualifications, experience and gender as determinants of monthly income for dairy farm employees, and compares to benchmark industries - engineering consultancy and design.