New Zealand government predicts strong jobs growth in next three years

by Ray Clancy on July 11, 2013

New Zealand government predicts strong jobs growth in next three years

New Zealand government predicts strong jobs growth in next three years

There is good news for people seeking employment in New Zealand with the latest forecast from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment showing it is set to grow by about 130,000 jobs over the next three years. The Ministry’s report, Short term Employment Prospects 2013 to 2016, forecasts overall employment demand rising in response to stronger economic growth, associated mainly with above average employment growth for Auckland industries and from the Canterbury earthquake rebuild.

Over the same period, the unemployment rate is expected to trend down slowly and decline below 5% by the March quarter of 2016. Strong employment growth is expected in the construction and utilities industries over the next three years while the prospects for employment in other industries vary over time. Growth in demand for employment in highly skilled jobs, that is managers and professionals across a number of areas, will be consistently high over the forecast period, accounting for about 50% of the overall employment growth, the ministry report says.

Opportunities for lower skilled workers are expected to account for about 35% of the employment growth over the period. The food processing, retailing, accommodation, agriculture and construction industries are expected to create most of these opportunities. Auckland and Canterbury will account for almost half of the employment growth over the next three years.

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Meanwhile, visitor arrivals in New Zealand increased by 9% in May 2013, the highest ever for the month, according to the latest data from Statistics New Zealand. Arrival figures jumped to 153,000, after sitting at around 141,000 for the last six May months and the increase was mainly due to more visitors from Australia, up 8,000, and from China with a rise of 3,900.

In the year ended May 2013, there were 2.628 million visitors, up less than 1% from the previous year, despite visitor numbers in the May 2012 year being boosted by the Rugby World Cup. New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain, more arrivals than departures, of 1,700 migrants in May 2013. This is the highest net gain since January 2010 when it was 1,800. The increased net gain of migrants over the past five months was mainly due to fewer New Zealand citizens departing to Australia. There was also an increase in arrivals during this period.

The seasonally adjusted net loss of 1,900 migrants to Australia in May 2013 was the smallest net loss since July 2010 when it was 1,600. The latest net loss to Australia was well down on the recent high of 3,600 recorded in September 2011. In the May 2013 year, New Zealand had a net gain of 6,200 migrants. This compares with a net loss of 3,700 in the May 2012 year.

Auckland, Canterbury, and Otago were the only regions that had net gains of international migrants. The Canterbury region’s net gain of 2,600 migrants in the May 2013 year compared with a net loss of 2,500 in the May 2012 year, following the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.

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