Jobs choices for students and backpackers in New Zealand rise, particularly in hospitality

by Ray Clancy on September 13, 2017

The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in New Zealand offering jobs for the long and short term.

From backpackers wanting to work part time during a year in New Zealand to those seeking a long term career, it is one area where more jobs are currently available.


The latest figures from job advertisement firm SEEK suggest that the growth in available employment is driven by strong growth in tourism numbers from both domestic and foreign visitors.

Nationally in the three months to the end of July the number of jobs advertised in hospitality and tourism increased by 9% compared to the same period a year ago and there is an increasing demand for professional positions.

Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK New Zealand, pointed out that the latest international travel and migration report from Statistics New Zealand show that the number of international visitors increased by 10% year on year in June 2017.

The SEEK figures show that there has been a 19% rise in jobs for bar staff, a 24% rise in positions for guest services and front offices, a 9% rise in managerial jobs and a 7% rise for chefs and cooks.

But some jobs in the industry are contracting, most noticeably those that can now be done by technology and computer systems such as airline workers, reservation staff, down 24% and 9% year on year respectively.

But those working in the sector are being paid more with the national advertised annual salary for hospitality and tourism up 1% to $52,312.

The data also shows that there are more new jobs in the sector in Otago with a rise of 45% in advertised positions while Auckland has seen a rise of 9%, Wellington 7% and Canterbury just 1%.

Overall there was a 10.8% rise in new job adverts and other areas seeing a rise in jobs include mining, resources and energy up 67%, manufacturing, transport and logistics with a rise of 35% and trades and services up 21%. But IT, normally a big growth area, has seen jobs advertised stagnate over the three-month period.

Part time job adverts have continued to flatten since May this year, but those for casual, vacation, contract and temporary work have strengthened, suggesting there are more opportunities for backpackers and students.

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