Huge pay drawing NZ soldiers to Iraq

Security jobs paying up to $216,000 a year in Iraq are proving too strong a lure for New Zealand soldiers.

    New Zealand salaries cannot compete with security contrators

    Defence chief Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson said on Thursday that almost a quarter of army staff with less than six years experience had left to become contractors in the Middle East.

     

    Ferguson added that he had spent the past week with departing staff, mostly privates, corporals and lance corporals.

     

    They said they were leaving because "they wanted the challenge and excitement" of using their training.

      

    "They're leaving because they're getting $200,000 and $300,000 a year to go across and be security guards [in Iraq].

     

    "The salaries are huge. I just can't compete," he told parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    In the basement of an old museum in a village in Albania, a 78-year-old woman protects the last remnant of a dictator.

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Many formerly imprisoned women of colour return to neighbourhoods transformed beyond recognition. What awaits them?

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda discusses the hunt for genocide suspects.