Fastest-growing jobs in your region

The job market is on the road to recovery as the New Zealand economy continues to rally from the impact of COVID-19 – but some regions are rebounding faster than others.

Nationally, job ad levels in January were just 6% lower than the same time last year. While the gap was bigger in Auckland (14% lower year-on-year), Canterbury and Wellington were inching closer to January 2020 levels with job ad volumes lower by 8% and 4% respectively.

Which roles are growing the fastest where you are? Select a region from the drop-down menu below to find out.

 
See the trends
RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE JOB AD GROWTH
1 Information & Communication Technology Networks & Systems Administration 133%
2 Call Centre & Customer Service Customer Service - Customer Facing 112%
3 Design & Architecture Architecture 105%
4 Legal Corporate & Commercial Law 97%
5 Information & Communication Technology Programme & Project Management 84%
6 Sales Sales Coordinators 81%
7 Design & Architecture Graphic Design 76%
8 Information & Communication Technology Other 74%
9 Information & Communication Technology Engineering - Network 72%
10 Information & Communication Technology Business/Systems Analysts 70%
11 Legal Generalists - Law Firm 69%
12 Legal Property Law 59%
13 Information & Communication Technology Testing & Quality Assurance 56%
14 Accounting Payroll 56%
15 Hospitality & Tourism Chefs/Cooks 56%
16 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Machine Operators 50%
17 Retail & Consumer Products Retail Assistants 49%
18 Sales Account & Relationship Management 48%
19 Construction Project Management 47%
20 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Freight/Cargo Forwarding 46%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Sep-Nov 2020 compared to Jun-Aug 2020, SEEK Employment Report.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE JOB AD GROWTH
1 Engineering Civil/Structural Engineering 66%
2 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Warehousing, Storage & Distribution 63%
3 Sales Sales Representatives/Consultants 50%
4 Sales Account & Relationship Management 41%
5 Information & Communication Technology Business/Systems Analysts 37%
6 Administration & Office Support Administrative Assistants 28%
7 Information & Communication Technology Developers/Programmers 27%
8 Information & Communication Technology Engineering - Software 17%
9 Trades & Services Automotive Trades 16%
10 Construction Project Management 13%
11 Human Resources & Recruitment Occupational Health & Safety 12%
12 Sales New Business Development 7.8%
13 Hospitality & Tourism Management 5.2%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Sep-Nov 2020 compared to Jun-Aug 2020, SEEK Employment Report.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE JOB AD GROWTH
1 Engineering Civil/Structural Engineering 49%
2 Hospitality & Tourism Management 40%
3 Information & Communication Technology Developers/Programmers 27%
4 Trades & Services Automotive Trades 20%
5 Retail & Consumer Products Management - Store 15%
6 Construction Project Management 14%
7 Administration & Office Support Administrative Assistants 11%
8 Sales Sales Representatives/Consultants 4.5%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Sep-Nov 2020 compared to Jun-Aug 2020, SEEK Employment Report.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE JOB AD GROWTH
1 Government & Defence Various 103%
2 Information & Communication Technology Consultants 91%
3 Accounting Management Accounting & Budgeting 75%
4 Engineering Civil/Structural Engineering 68%
5 Human Resources & Recruitment Occupational Health & Safety 66%
6 Construction Project Management 62%
7 Information & Communication Technology Networks & Systems Administration 60%
8 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development 57%
9 Information & Communication Technology Database Development & Administration 55%
10 Information & Communication Technology Testing & Quality Assurance 54%
11 Administration & Office Support Various 53%
12 Construction Surveying 45%
13 Human Resources & Recruitment Consulting & Generalist HR 44%
14 Retail & Consumer Products Management - Store 43%
15 Healthcare & Medical Psychology, Counselling & Social Work 41%
16 Consulting & Strategy Strategy & Planning 39%
17 Education & Training Various 38%
18 Information & Communication Technology Security 37%
19 Information & Communication Technology Engineering - Software 37%
20 Information & Communication Technology Business/Systems Analysts 36%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Sep-Nov 2020 compared to Jun-Aug 2020, SEEK Employment Report.

Trends across the regions

Liza Viz, CEO of Beyond Recruitment in New Zealand, says a region’s pace of recovery largely depends on how long it was locked down last year.

“Auckland, for example, has been more affected because it experienced more lockdowns during COVID and we only started to see increased activity towards the end of last year,” she says.

“Regions like Wellington saw a more steady job market rebound because they were less exposed.” 

Wellington shows growth for Government roles

Recruitment appears to be on the rise in Wellington’s public sector following last year’s general election. Job ads for Government roles increased by 110% in January compared to their low point last year. This is the fastest growth of any role in the region.

“In Wellington, most government roles we are seeing are specific to policy,” says Viz. “This may be the result of the recent election and because the government has been driving significant policy change. This tends to flow on to the job market.”

Opportunities on the rise in ICT

Across the major regions, job ads in ICT (Information & Communications Technology) are showing strong signs of recovery from their low point last year.

Auckland’s ICT market saw the fastest-growth in roles such as Programme & Project Management (84%) and Business/Systems Analysts (70%). Consultant roles were on the rise in Wellington (91%) and Canterbury showed growth for Software Engineers (17%)

Viz says growth in ICT roles across the regions may be due to businesses resuming projects they’d put on hold last year.

“There are a lot of private businesses in Auckland, for example, as well as local government and financial services,” she says. “We are now seeing a huge demand in technology jobs in the region.

“As well as adopting digital methods quickly, and transforming their operations, organisations had to look at their networks and how they manage remote working. And many of the projects put on hold have resumed.”

Making the most of regional growth

After the challenges of last year, growth in job ads is a welcome sign of recovery. But how can you stand out in the market as a job seeker?

Viz says employers are looking for examples of how you have adapted to change.

“They are looking for people who can adapt fairly quickly, and they are more open to transferable skills, so these should be highlighted in job applications,” she says.

“The other key factor is that although we are seeing people working from home, organisations are also looking for people who are mobile and are prepared to potentially move from one region to the next, if they need to,” adds Viz.

No matter where you are across the country, looking for your next role may be overwhelming after the events of 2020. But with these positive signs to start off 2021, looking to where job ads are growing may help you plan your next step.