Latest employment figures in New Zealand are encouraging

by Ray Clancy on July 25, 2016

It is a good time to be applying for a job in New Zealand with the latest data showing that 7% more jobs are being advertised compared to a year ago.

Job growth is not just being recorded in the country’s two largest employment markets in Auckland and Wellington but across the nation, according to the report from SEEK NZ.

072516-hiring‘We’re seeing significant job ad uptick in some of our North and South Island regions this June, when compared to the same period last year. This growth pick-up has really taken place over the first half of 2016,’ said Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK NZ.

The thriving regions in the North Island include Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, with job adverts on SEEK up 13% and 25.3% respectively year on year in June while on the South Island, Otago has also enjoyed notable year on year growth with job ads up 19.8%.

Growth is up across a number of sectors which are popular with international applicants and overseas students including trades and services, up 32% in Waikato, up 95% in Bay of Plenty and up 68% in Otago. Health care and medical is up 62% in Bay of Plenty and hospitality and tourism us up 22% in Otago.

‘Tourism is a driver of job ad growth across Bay of Plenty and Otago. The New Zealand Cycle Trail is a great example of an attraction that’s getting Kiwis and visitors out of the cities and into the regions, which consequently helps stimulate other industries in those areas, like sales and hospitality and tourism,’ Faulding said.

‘As the cost of living continues to rise in our cities, more people are moving to our regions for a lifestyle change, with some Kiwis stepping away from corporate life and choosing to work for SMEs or starting up their own small businesses in the regions,’ she pointed out.

Looking at the major labour markets, Auckland remains strong with SEEK new job ads up 10% year on year and up 7.8% in Wellington but in Canterbury they are down 9.6% compared to 12 months ago.

Across New Zealand there has been a small year on year decrease in the SEEK Employment Index, which points to more favourable conditions for hirers as there are slightly more applications for each role.

‘It’s important for job seekers in a hirer’s market to realise they’re applying for jobs in a highly competitive market,’ Faulding added.

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