Skilled job vacancies have increased in New Zealand 5.6% with the biggest rise in Canterbury where major work is being undertaken following the earthquakes which devastated much of the city.
The number of skilled job vacancies in Canterbury was up 36.5% with particular demand for workers in specialist sectors. The demand in the construction and engineering industry is up 108.4% and hospitality and tourism up 59.1%.
There are also more jobs available in Auckland and Wellington, the latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show.
‘The strong growth in job vacancies in the construction and engineering industry shows that the Canterbury rebuild continues to drive demand for labour in the region,’ said Vasantha Krishnan, the Ministry’s general manager of the Labour and Immigration Research Centre.
Growth in online job vacancies has been positive over the past 12 months to October, with skilled job vacancies increasing by 14.2 percent and total job vacancies up by 15.0 percent.
Meanwhile, separate figures show that fewer people are visiting New Zealand with numbers falling by 15% in October but officials said that the figures have been affected by a surge a year ago due to the Rugby World Cup.
‘The decrease in October 2012 followed an increase in October 2011, when 53,200 visitors arrived for the Rugby World Cup. The latest month had a similar number of visits as October 2010,’ said Andrea Blackburn, population statistics manager at Statistics New Zealand.
Although the number of visits was similar in October 2010 and October 2012, where they came from differed. Compared with 2010, October 2012 had more arrivals from China, up 6,700, and fewer arrivals from the United Kingdom down 2,000, Japan down 1,700, and Korea down 1,400.
In the 12 months to the end of October 2012 some 2.563 million visitors arrived in New Zealand, down 1% from the October 2011 year, when the Rugby World Cup was held. The largest increases were in visitors from China and Australia, and the largest decreases from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and France.
New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 300 migrants in October 2012. There have been net gains in this series for four of the last six months. The seasonally adjusted net loss to Australia was 3,200 in October 2012. Net outflows to Australia have remained relatively stable since March 2011, averaging 3,300 per month.
In the year to the end of October 2012 New Zealand had a net loss of 2,300 migrants. There has been an annual net loss of migrants since the October 2011 year.
The net loss of migrants to Australia in the October 2012 year was 39,300, down from the record of 40,000 in the August 2012 year. The October 2012 annual figure resulted from 53,700 departures to Australia, offset by 14,400 arrivals from Australia. In both directions, most migrants were New Zealand citizens.
There were net gains of migrants from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom at 5,700, China at 5,200, and India at 5,000.