NZ jobs market seeing strong year on year growth, especially in ICT

by Ray Clancy on September 27, 2016

For people looking to move to New Zealand, the latest figures suggest that the country’s jobs market is experiencing continued year on year growth with information and communication technology (ICT) leading the way.

Skills in ICT are sought after and there has also been a rise in jobs in trades and services, administration and office support, manufacturing, transport and logistics.

computer-techThe latest data on job advertisements from SEEK show that they increased by 9.9% in August compared to a year ago with Auckland and Wellington seeing rises of 8.8% and 10.4% respectively.

Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK NZ, said it is encouraging to see New Zealand’s job market experiencing continued year on year growth.

However, the Canterbury market remains subdued since its reconstruction driven peak in late 2014, with job adverts down 7.1% year on year.

ICT remains New Zealand’s top advertising industry with 8% more jobs advertised than 12 months ago. There was a 9% rise in Auckland and a 5% rise in Wellington. The most in demand jobs are developers, programmers, business system analysts, project managers, and help desk and IT support.

The highest paying ICT jobs are in management roles with a salary of $128,097, followed by architects at $126,425 and consultants at $110,766.

‘With New Zealand’s increased demand for digital connectivity and new technology, it’s no surprise that the country’s top advertising industry on SEEK is ICT and we expect this trend will continue,’ Faulding said.

The data also shows that jobs for the trades and services industry were up 27% year on year with Auckland seeing a rise of 28% and Wellington a rise of 48%. The highest number of jobs in this sector are in the automotive industry, followed by electricians, labourers and building trades.

Job adverts on SEEK for the administration and office support industry were up 15% nationally with a rise of 6% in Auckland, an increase of 36% in Wellington and a rise of 5% in Canterbury.

The most in demand job in this sector are for PA and secretarial roles followed by receptionists, sales administration, office management and record management.

Nationally, jobs in manufacturing, transport and logistics were up 24% year on year led by warehousing, storage and distribution, then machine operators, management and road transport.

‘Our country’s exporting culture is a likely driver of growth in this industry because NZ companies are now tapping into the overseas markets to grow their businesses, and are investing in new technology and logistics to distribute their products efficiently to be competitive,’ Faulding added.

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