Job vacancies advertised online grew strongly in May after consecutive fall in March and April, according to figures from the New Zealand government.
Results from the Department of Labour’s Jobs Online showed that seasonally adjusted skilled job vacancies overall increased by 9.5% and overall online job vacancies increased by 9.9%.
‘The increase in job vacancies, along with positive employment growth overall and positive hiring intentions is consistent with the anticipated gradual recovery in the labour market,’ said Vasantha Krishnan, head of research at the Department of Labour.
Skilled job vacancies rose across all industry groups in May with the biggest growth nationally in sales, retail, marketing and advertising which were up by 19.2%, followed by accounting, human resources, legal and administration which was up by 13.4% and healthcare and medical up by 10.4%.
Skilled job vacancies were up in all regions with the South Island, excluding Canterbury, and Auckland recording the strongest growth of 11.8% and 11.6% respectively.
Over the 12 months to May the South Island, excluding Canterbury, has had the strongest growth in skilled vacancies, up by 36%, followed closely by Canterbury with an increase of 32%.
The continued strong growth in Canterbury over the year was driven by the demand for skilled workers in construction and engineering which saw an increase of 61%, followed by accounting, human resources and administration which was up by 55%.