New Zealand's Hospitality & Tourism industry has served up more jobs

The Hospitality & Tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries on SEEK, driven by strong growth in tourism numbers from both domestic and foreign visitors.

Nationally over the past three months [May to July 2017], job ads on SEEK for the Hospitality & Tourism industry grew 9 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, said Hospitality & Tourism is currently the eleventh largest advertising industry on SEEK [May to July 2017].

“Helping fuel job ad growth on SEEK across the Hospitality & Tourism industry is the increasing demand for professionals to service the rising number of tourists visiting New Zealand and an increase of Kiwis travelling domestically,” said Faulding.

“The latest International Travel and Migration report, conducted by Stats NZ, found the number of international visitors to New Zealand rose by 10 per cent y/y in June 2017 when compared to June 2016,” said Faulding.

Over the past three months, the jobs in the Hospitality & Tourism industry that offered the most opportunities on SEEK were predominately food service roles:

[most job opportunities]
May-July 17 vs May-July 16
1 Chefs/Cooks 7%
2 Management 9%
3 Bar & Beverage Stafff 19%
4 Front Office & Guest Services 24%

Despite strong job ad growth on SEEK, the Hospitality & Tourism industry is facing some changes.

“Advances in technology are disrupting the industry, and we're seeing fewer job ads on SEEK for certain Hospitality & Tourism roles,” revealed Faulding.

“From May to July this year, there was a decline in advertising on SEEK for Airline Workers [down 24 per cent y/y] and Reservation Professionals [down 9 per cent y/y],” said Faulding. “All these jobs are experiencing a rise in online competition and automation.”

Over the past 12 months [1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017] the national average advertised annual salary on SEEK for the Hospitality & Tourism industry was up 1 per cent y/y to $52,312.

The regions that offered the most Hospitality & Tourism job opportunities from May to July 2017 were:

[most job opportunities]
May-July 17 vs May-July 16
1 Auckland 9%
2 Canterbury 1%
3 Wellington 7%
4 Otago 45%


The latest SEEK data has revealed there were 10.8 per cent new job ads on SEEK this July than 12 months ago.

The top advertising industries on SEEK this July were:

[most job opportunities]
July 17 vs July 16
1 Information & Communication Technology [ICT] 0%
2 Trades & Services 21%
3 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics 35%

While off a low base, the Mining, Resources & Energy industry continued to have the greatest job ad growth of all industries on SEEK, up 67 per cent y/y this July.

“The Mining, Resources & Energy fields offering the most job opportunities on SEEK this July were, Power Generation & Distribution, Mining Operations and Health, Safety & Environment,” revealed Faulding.


Of all the major regions, Wellington performed the strongest with job ads on SEEK up 13 per cent y/y this July. Industries fuelling this growth were; ICT, Administration & Office Support and Trades & Services.

Advertising on SEEK this July was also strong in Auckland [up 8.4 per cent y/y], and the top advertising industries across the region were ICT, Manufacturing Transport & Logistics and Trades & Service.

In Canterbury, job ads continued to rise, up 5.7 per cent y/y this July. The Trades & Services industry continued to offer the most job opportunities on SEEK across the region.


Strong demand for candidates continues this July in many industries, including but not limited to:

  • Farming, Animals & Conservation
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Government & Defence
  • Real Estate & Property
  • Design & Architecture
  • Trades & Services
  • Science & Technology
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

This suggests good conditions for job seekers in these industries.


“Part Time Job ads have continued to flatten since May this year, but Job ads for Casual/Vacation, Contract/Temp and Full Time Work have continued to strengthen this July,” said Faulding

“Our latest SEEK data has revealed that Full Time jobs were the most advertised role type on SEEK from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017,” Faulding concluded.

Download SEEK NZ Employment Data Report – July 2017