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31.07.17 SEEK listings for Healthcare & Medical jobs rise nine per cent on previous year
23.06.17 Strong advertising growth on SEEK continues across New Zealand
29.05.17 Good news for Kiwis, continued job ad growth on SEEK
21.04.17 Boost in job opportunities for Kiwis in March, South Island thrives
22.03.17 Big boost in job opportunities for Kiwis, job ads up 17.3 per cent
21.02.17 Strong prospects for jobseekers, more jobs in New Zealand than 12 months ago

Media Release

31st July 2017

SEEK listings for Healthcare & Medical jobs rise nine per cent on previous year

Healthcare and Medical professionals are in demand, with job ads on SEEK growing 9 per cent from April to June when compared to the same period last year.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK NZ, said the Healthcare & Medical industry is one of New Zealand's largest employing and fastest growing industries, underpinned by strong population growth and our aging population.

“The national average advertised annual salary across the Healthcare & Medical industry on SEEK is $72,339,” said Faulding.

“The largest advertising Healthcare & Medical sub-sector on SEEK is Nursing, with its many specialised areas, it comprises of around one-third of all jobs being nationally advertised across the industry,” she added.

One Nursing sub-sector showing consistent strength is Aged Care, with annual growth of 8 per cent year on year [Apr-June 17 v Apr-June 17].

Healthcare & Medical Recruitment Specialist, Debbie Glen of Frontline Health NZ, said seeking talent for the Aged Care sector comprises a large proportion of their business.

“Across the Aged Care sector, the demand for skilled and experienced Healthcare & Medical talent remains high. There is also an increasing trend, that is seeing many senior professionals keen to move into the sector due to identifying its growth potential and employment opportunities,” said Glen.

“However, when speaking with Healthcare & Medical candidates who are in mid-level roles or the infancy of their careers, working in Aged Care is not as appealing,” said Glen.

Other Healthcare & Medical sub-sectors that had strong job opportunities on SEEK for professionals over the past three months [April to June 2017] were:

  • Psychology, Counselling & Social Work, up 31 per cent year on year [y/y]
  • Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation, no growth y/y
  • Management, up 14 per cent y/y

“The need for Hospital Staff as well as experienced specialised Medical Sales Reps is ever increasing, with companies looking for staff who can hit the ground running,” said Glen.

“The jobs in the industry that we find hardest to fill are Anaesthetic Technicians, as well as Physiotherapists, Operating Theatre Nurses and those experienced in working with traumatic brain injuries.

“Currently we're seeing a small increase of candidates from overseas, Australia and further afield, who can easily gain registration with their industry governing body,” Glen continued.

The regions across New Zealand that offered the most Healthcare & Medical job opportunities on SEEK from April to June 2017 were:

  • Auckland, up 10 per cent y/y
  • Wellington, up 23 per cent y/y
  • Canterbury, up 2 per cent y/y
  • Waikato, up 8 per cent y/y

Across each of these top employing regions, there were some similarities regarding the most sought-after Healthcare & Medical professionals:

REGION MOST IN-DEMAND HEATHCARE & MEDICAL CANDIDATES
Auckland Aged Care Nurses
Wellington Psychology, Counselling & Social Work professionals
Canterbury Psychology, Counselling & Social Work professionals
Waikato Management

Faulding's top tips for Healthcare & Medical professionals seeking their next roles are:

  • Make sure your SEEK profile is up to date and your CV has key words in it so that recruiters can easily find you.
  • Sign up to SEEK job alerts, as a lot of roles don't have close dates as hirers are looking for the right candidate, but when that candidate comes along hirers know they need to move quickly so the role could go quickly too.
  • Build a strong relationship with a recruitment company who takes time to find out what you are looking for.

NATIONAL LABOUR MARKET

The latest SEEK data has revealed there were 11.4 per cent more new job ads on SEEK this June than 12 months ago.

“The New Zealand labour market has continued to gain strength, with all major regions enjoying job ad growth on SEEK this June,” said Faulding.

“In Auckland advertising on SEEK was up 8.3 per cent y/y, while in Wellington and Canterbury job ads grew 6.2 per cent y/y and 5.7 per cent y/y respectively.”

The top three industries for job opportunities on SEEK this June were:

  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Trades & Services
  • Administration & Office Support

“Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics was also a solid performer, at a national level it was the fourth largest advertising industry on SEEK and was among the fastest growing, with job ads up 36 per cent y/y,” said Faulding.

“Fuelling this advertising growth on SEEK across the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industry was demand for professional across the following fields; Warehouse, Storage & Distribution [up 33 per cent y/y], Machine Operators [up 44 per cent y/y] and Production, Planning & Scheduling [up 86 per cent y/y].

“In both Auckland and Canterbury, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics was the second top industry for job opportunities on SEEK this June, with advertising up 28 per cent y/y in Auckland and 78 per cent y/y in Canterbury,” Faulding concluded.

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Media Release

23rd June 2017

Strong advertising growth on SEEK continues across New Zealand

The latest SEEK data has revealed there were 7.9 per cent more new job ads on SEEK this May than the same period last year.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, said on SEEK this May strong advertising growth continued across the following high employing sectors:

  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics - up 29 per cent year on year [y/y]
  • Sales - up 23 per cent year on year [y/y]
  • Engineering - up 20 per cent year on year [y/y]

Across all industries this May, the national average advertised annual salary on SEEK was $75,504, up 0.6 per cent y/y.

MAJOR REGIONS

"All major regions across the country experienced an uplift in advertising this May, with Auckland enjoying the largest growth, up 6.8 per cent y/y," said Faulding.

Fuelling growth across Auckland were the following top advertising industries on SEEK and their average advertised annual salaries:

  • Information & Communication Technology [ICT] - $93,771
  • Manufacturing, transport & Logistics - $64,684
  • Administration & Office Support - $51,762

In Wellington, job ads grew 1.7 per cent y/y in May.

"Even though job ads increased y/y for our nation's capital, the region's labour market has been subdued over the past couple of months," said Faulding.

"A combination of factors may have contributed to slowed y/y job ad growth across Wellington, they include businesses still being in temporary or shared office spaces after the recent earthquake. Plus, the region's labour market may be taking time to gain momentum after businesses delayed hiring due to fewer trading days in April because of the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays," Faulding explained.

"Industries offering the most job opportunities in the Wellington region this May were ICT [no growth]; Administration & Office Support [up 3 per cent y/y] and Trades & Services [down 4 per cent y/y]," Faulding added.

In the South Island, job ads in Canterbury continued to rise this May up 3.9 per cent y/y, which indicates the region's jobs market may be finding its feet after a prolonged period of weakness.

"Trades & Service professionals were again the most in-demand throughout Canterbury, with job ads on SEEK up 8 per cent y/y this May," said Faulding.

SMALLER REGIONS

In North Island this May, Waikato offered the most job opportunities on SEEK of the smaller regions, with job ads up 21.10 per cent y/y.

The fields in Waikato with the most demand for professionals this May were:

  • Trades & Services - up 15 per cent y/y
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics - up 84 per cent y/y
  • Administration & Office Support - up 49 per cent y/y

Advertising across Manawatu and the Bay of Plenty was also strong, with job ads on SEEK up 51.5 per cent y/y and 29.9 per cent y/y respectively. However, in comparison to Waikato, there were less jobs on offer.

While off a low base, job ads on SEEK across other North Island smaller regions remained strong this May:

  • Taranaki - up 43 per cent y/y
  • Hawkes Bay - up 33.8 per cent y/y
  • Gisborne - up 23.6 per cent y/y
  • Northland - up 19.6 per cent y/y

Across the South Island, positive advertising growth was enjoyed in all the smaller labour markets this May.

"Otago was the top performer, recording the largest number of job ads on SEEK, as well as healthy advertising uplift of 15.5 per cent y/y," revealed Faulding.

Helping drive growth across Otago this May, were the following large advertising industries on SEEK:

  • Trades & Services - up 5 per cent y/y
  • Hospitality & Tourism - up 41 per cent y/y
  • Construction - up 66 per cent y/y

"Solid advertising growth and opportunities on SEEK were also recorded in Tasman [up 36.5 per cent y/y] and Southland [up 20.8 per cent y/y]," Faulding continued.

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Job ad growth on SEEK for the Accounting sector has remained flat from March to May 2017, when compared to the same three-month period last year.

"The national average advertised annual salary on SEEK for Accounting professionals from March to May 2017 was $78,312, which was an increase of 2.9 per cent y/y," said Faulding.

Job ad growth on SEEK was only seen across 10 Accounting fields from March to May this year, while other accounting categories have been more stable to subdued, as firms consolidate back office and middle office functions.

Table 1. SEEK new job ads, Accounting Sector, MAR-MAY 17 v MAR-MAY 16

ACCOUNTING. Mar - May 2017 vs Mar - May 2016

"The Accounting sector is facing rapid technological change," said Angela Cameron, Managing Director of Consult Recruitment, a specialist recruitment agency for the Accounting industry.

"Many New Zealand companies have adopted software innovations to help create efficiencies in their accounting departments, which has resulted in many junior processing roles being superseded and Account Payable teams downsizing.

"Relative to five years ago, hirers are now seeking talent with different skill sets, which can be attributed to technology changing the ways Accounting departments operate.

"Accounting roles at all levels are becoming less about traditional debit and credit accounting and more about soft skills, commercial acumen, being systems savvy and being able to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders," continued Cameron.

In New Zealand, Accounting sector jobs are focused in the following growth areas, which also have solid job ad numbers on SEEK:

  • Payroll - up 15 per cent y/y Mar - May
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting - up 5 per cent y/y Mar - May
  • Business Services & Corporate Advisory - up 1 per cent y/y Mar - May

"Over the past six months our team has been incredibly busy recruiting talent to fill roles at all levels of payroll, as well as Assistant Accountants," Cameron revealed.

At a national level, the Accounting fields offering the most job opportunities on SEEK [March to May 2017], and their average annual advertised salaries were:

  • Business Services & Corporate Advisory - $75,780
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting - $80,953
  • Accounts Officers & Clerks - $51,866

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Media Release

29th May 2017

Good news for Kiwis, continued job ad growth on SEEK

The latest SEEK data has revealed there were 9.7 per cent new job ads on SEEK this April than the same period last year.

The industries across New Zealand offering the most job opportunities on SEEK, and their average advertised annual salaries this April were:

  • Information & Communication Technology, $93,111
  • Trades & Services, $59,444
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, $65,426

Across all industries this April, the average advertised annual salary on SEEK for New Zealand was $75,889.

AUCKLAND

“Of the major regions, Auckland enjoyed the largest job ad growth on SEEK this April, up 9.7 per cent y/y,” said Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand.

Fuelling this growth were the following industries, which offered the subsequent average advertised annual salaries on SEEK:

  • Information & Communication Technology, $93,111
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, $64,744
  • Administration & Office Support, $52,191

“Across Auckland this April, the ICT industry again boasted the largest number of job opportunities on SEEK. The ICT fields with the greatest demand for workers were Development/Programming, Business System Analysts and Programme & Project Management,” Faulding said.

“The need for highly skilled ICT professionals is ever increasing to keep Kiwi's digitally connected and competitive, and this demand is not isolated to just the IT sector. Currently on SEEK, ICT jobs are being advertised across many sectors, including Banking & Financial Services, Government and Retail,” Faulding continued

While off a low base, strong job ad growth on SEEK was seen in Auckland's Advertising, Arts & Media industry this April, up 25 per cent y/y. The fields with greatest demand for workers throughout the industry were Agency Account Management [up 18 per cent y/y] and Journalism & Writing [up 16 per cent y/y].

“This is very encouraging news for people looking at working in the Advertising, Arts & Media industry, or those looking to develop their career in this sector. Opportunities on SEEK for this sector are a mix of internal and agency roles that require varying levels of experience, therefore appealing to a broad range of job seekers,” revealed Faulding.

CANTERBURY

“In the South Island, advertising on SEEK for Canterbury increased y/y for a second consecutive month, up 2.4 per cent y/y.

“This welcomed uplift across the region comes after job ad growth on SEEK was subdued since March 2015, which coincided with the earthquake rebuild slowing,” Faulding said.

The top industries for job opportunities across Canterbury this April, and their average annual advertised salaries were:

  • Trades & Services, $60,141
  • Construction, $95,867
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, $61,030

“The most sought after Trades & Services professional across Canterbury this April were electricians, automotive mechanics & technicians, and builders. This reflects the skills the Canterbury population needs personally, such as getting their car serviced, or for residential and commercial projects, like construction,” said Faulding.

Despite being a small advertising industry on SEEK for Canterbury, strong job ad growth was recorded for the Community, Services & Development sector this April, up 39 per cent y/y. The fields across the industry offering the largest number of employment prospects were;

  • Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
  • Aged & Disability Services

“We don't expect demand on SEEK to slow any time soon across for these frontline service roles, because as our population grows and ages so will our need for professionals in these fields,” Faulding said.

WELLINGTON

“In Wellington, new job ads on SEEK remained relatively flat this April [down 0.9 per cent y/y] after strong y/y growth in March [up 10.7 per cent y/y]. Fewer trading day in April, due to the timing of Easter and ANZAC Day, is a likely reason why the Wellington jobs market y/y growth stabilised. However, month on month advertising on SEEK for the region rose slightly, up 0.9 per cent,” explained Faulding.

The top advertising industries on SEEK for Wellington this April, and their average advertised annual salaries were:

  • Information & Communication Technology, $100,787
  • Administration & Office Support, $51,203
  • Trades & Services , $60,434

The ICT fields offering the most job opportunities throughout the Wellington region this April were Business and System Analysts, Developers and Programmers and Programme & Project Management, which mirrors the ICT talent demand in Auckland.

One of the fastest growing industries across Wellington this April was Real Estate & Property, up 33 per cent y/y. Across our nation's capital, this is a small advertising industry on SEEK in comparison to other sectors, however the fields with greatest demand for workers and driving this growth across Real Estate & Property were:

  • Body Corporate & Facilities Management
  • Commercial Sales, Leasing & Property Management

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

“Relative to 12 months ago, competition conditions were tougher for jobseekers in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury this April, this means there has been a slight increase in the number of people applying for jobs on SEEK. However, it was still a candidate's market this April, meaning candidates still had the upper hand over hirer's when applying for jobs,” explained Faulding.

“At a national level, applications per ad remain high across the Engineering, ICT, Accounting and Marketing & Communications industries, which suggests tougher conditions for job seekers and an easier task for employers to source suitable candidates.

“High candidate availability remains in Human Resources, Legal and Mining, Resources & Energy sectors, however conditions are beginning to tighten,” revealed Faulding.

“Conditions remain tight for employers and relatively favourable for candidates [low applications per ad] in housing-related markets such as Real Estate & Property, Trades & Services, and Design & Architecture. Service based industries are also favourable for candidates, such as Hospitality & Tourism and Retail & Customer Products,” Faulding concluded.

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Media Release

21st April 2017

Boost in job opportunities for Kiwis in March, South Island thrives

New job ads on SEEK rose 11.3 per cent this March when compared to the same period last year, with the South Island enjoying strong advertising growth.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK NZ, said job ads on SEEK across the South Island increased 15 per cent year on year [y/y] this March.

“The South Island regions that enjoyed the strongest job ad growth on SEEK this March were Tasman [up 49 per cent y/y], Marlborough [up 45 per cent y/y] and Otago [up 34 per cent y/y],” revealed Faulding.

“This is great news for jobseekers because job opportunities are not just isolated to one region or industry.”

The industries across the South Island that offered the most job opportunities on SEEK, and professionals most in-demand this March were:

  • Trades & Services [up 16 per cent y/y]
    • Auto Mechanics and Electricians
  • Manufacturing Transport & Logistics [up 49 per cent y/y]
    • Warehouse, Storage & Distribution workers and Machine Operators
  • Administration & Office Support [up 3 per cent y/y]
    • Administrative Assistants and PA, EA & Secretarial professionals

The Canterbury labour market is also showing signs of improvement.

“Job ads across Canterbury were up 6.3 per cent y/y this March, which could indicate the region's jobs market is stabilising after being subdued since March 2015,” said Faulding.

“The job market in this region was supported by the earthquake rebuild, however with that slowing we've seen low year on year job ad volumes on SEEK over the past two years.

“Fuelling this latest growth on SEEK across Canterbury are the following industries; Trades & Services [up 3 per cent y/y], Manufacturing Transport & Logistics [up 28 per cent y/y] and Construction [down 7 per cent],” Faulding continued.

“Construction job ads in Canterbury may have dipped but the sector mains the second largest advertiser on SEEK for the region.”

In other major regions across the country, advertising on SEEK:

  • Increased 10.9 per cent y/y in Auckland
  • Increased 11.3 per cent y/y in Wellington

Across New Zealand, the industries offering the most job opportunities on SEEK in March were:

  • Information & Communication Technology, up 10 per cent y/y
  • Trade & Services, up 19 per cent y/y
  • Administration & Officer Support, up 12 per cent y/y
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, up 30 per cent y/y

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

Nationally there has been a y/y increase of 0.2 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this March, which points to reasonable conditions for job seekers as there were more slightly more applications for each role.

However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a regional level.

“In all major regions, Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury conditions have become more reasonable for hirers. For each job advertised there was a higher number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from,” Faulding concluded.

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Media Release

22nd March 2017

Big boost in job opportunities for Kiwis, job ads up 17.3 per cent

New job advertisements on SEEK rose 17.3 per cent this February when compared to the same period last year.

The industries offering the most job opportunities on SEEK across New Zealand this February, and their average advertised annual salaries were:

  • Information & Communication Technology, $92,700
  • Trades & Services, $59,423
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, $66,805

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, said this February advertising on SEEK was fuelled by solid job ad uplift across the country.

“Advertising on SEEK has increased across most of New Zealand's major regions this February, with Auckland enjoying a staggering 19.2 per cent year on year [y/y] increase,” said Faulding

“In Wellington, advertising on SEEK also continued to rise, up 11.8 per cent y/y. However, in Canterbury job ads dipped 2.6 per cent y/y this February,” she added.

Information & Communication Technology [ICT] remained the top hiring industry on SEEK for Auckland and Wellington this February.

The most sought after ICT professionals in Auckland, and their average advertised annual salaries on SEEK were:

  • Developers & Programmers, $92,927
  • IT Business System Analysts, $92,202
  • Help Desk & IT Support, $55,995

While in Wellington, the most in-demand ICT professionals and their average advertised annual salaries on SEEK were:

  • Developers & Programmers, $93,751
  • Programme & Project Managers, $105,277
  • IT Business/System Analysts, $89,792

The top performing industry for the Canterbury region this February was Trades & Services. The most advertised jobs on SEEK for this industry and their average advertised annual salaries were:

  • Electricians, $66,721
  • Automotive Mechanics, $61,179
  • Labourers, $28,821

JOB AD GROWTH

“February was a great month to be jobseeker in New Zealand, because there was strong year on year job ad growth across several large employing industries on SEEK beyond ICT,” said Faulding.

“These industries included Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics [up 26 per cent y/y], Healthcare & Medical [up 23 per cent y/y], Trades & Services [up 18 per cent y/y] and Construction [up 12 per cent y/y].

“The large industries hiring now reflect what we're seeing in our economy, which is population growth putting pressure on our services and infrastructure. This is driving demand for across Construction, Trades and Services and Healthcare, which are all at the front line of servicing our growing population,” Faulding continued.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY FOR MAJOR JOB MARKETS

The New Zealand SEEK Employment Index has enjoyed a y/y increase of 8.1 per cent this February. This points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a regional level.

It was a hirer's market in Canterbury this February when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“It's important for job seekers in a hirer's market, to have an up-to-date SEEK Profile to help them get noticed by prospective employers because they're applying for jobs in a highly competitive market,” Faulding said.

“In Auckland and Wellington this February, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Faulding continued.

INDUSTRY FOCUS

At a national level, job ads on SEEK for Human Resources [HR] & Recruitment industry grew 32 per cent this February when compared to 12 months earlier.

HR and Recruitment professionals were in high demand on SEEK this February and their average advertised annual salaries on SEEK were:

  • Generalist HR professionals, $80,101
  • Agency Recruitment Consultants, $71,895
  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialists, $91,825
  • In-house Recruitment Consultants, $69,597

The national average advertised annual salary on SEEK for HR and Recruitment professionals is $81,893.

“It's interesting that Generalist HR professional are the most advertised HR and Recruitment job title on SEEK this February. This could indicate that hirers are looking for multi-skilled practitioners to take part in the full spectrum of HR activities across a business, including recruitment, employee relations issues, coaching, leadership development and change management,” revealed Faulding.

“It's not surprising to see Recruitment Consultants [internal and external] among the top advertised HR roles on SEEK, this could indicate the Kiwi businesses are looking to take on more employees, which is reflected in our rising job ad volume on SEEK,” she added.

“The greatest number of job opportunities on SEEK for the HR & Recruitment professionals were seen in Auckland this February, with job ads rising 39 per cent y/y.

“The next top region for jobs in this sector was Wellington [up 12 per cent y/y], followed by Canterbury, despite job ads dipping 14 per cent y/y,” Faulding concluded.

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Media Release

21st February 2017

Strong prospects for jobseekers, more jobs in Australia than 12 months ago

There were 5 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK this January than 12 months ago, with improved results across the regions.

At a national level the industries with the largest job ad volume on SEEK this January were:

  1. Information & Communications Technology
  2. Trades & Services
  3. Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, said the increase in advertising on SEEK this January were driven by continued solid job ad growth across Auckland, as well as the smaller North and South Island regions.

“Job ads on SEEK for Auckland were up 7.2 per cent year on year [y/y this January],” said Faulding. “Information &Communications, Manufacturing, Transport &Logistics and Accounting industries were Auckland's top advertising industries on SEEK this January.

“Solid ad growth was also seen across the Trades &Services [up 28 per cent y/y] and Construction [up 25 per cent y/y] sector, which is being fuelled by Auckland's infrastructure, commercial and residential building to accommodate the city's population growth,” remarked Faulding.

Outside of Auckland, Waikato enjoyed the largest y/y advertising growth of all North Island regions, with job ads up 24.4 per cent y/y this January.

“Across Waikato, the most job opportunities on SEEK were coming from Trades &Services [up 46 per cent y/y], with automotive mechanics and technicians, builders and electricians the most sought after professionals,” Faulding said.

“While in the South Island, Otago boasted the greatest number of opportunities for jobseekers with advertising on SEEK up 29.9 per cent y/y this January. Hospitality &Tourism was the top hiring industry and Chefs were in high demand.”

Job ads on SEEK in other major New Zealand regions this January:

  1. Wellington, up 0.1 per cent y/y
  2. Canterbury down 10.3 per cent y/y

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY FOR MAJOR JOB MARKETS

At a national level, there has been a y/y increase of 5.5 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this January. This points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a regional level.

It was a hirer's market in Canterbury and Wellington this January when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“It's important for job seekers in a hirer's market, to have an up-to-date SEEK Profile to help them get noticed by prospective employers because they're applying for jobs in a highly competitive market,” Faulding said.

“In Auckland this January, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Faulding continued.

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Across New Zealand, the most in-demand Marketing &Communications professionals on SEEK this January, and their average advertised annual salaries were:

  1. Marketing Assistants/Coordinator, $52,540
  2. Marketing Communication Specialist, $77,874
  3. Digital &Search Marketers, $ 74,968

“A trend we're seeing throughout New Zealand is the increased need for digital and search marketing specialists, as well as entry level marketing professionals,” said Faulding.

“Strong demand for entry level marketing professionals is good news for those who have just completed a tertiary qualification and looking for their first job,” she added.

“Our latest SEEK data also indicates solid job ad growth across Brand Management [up 40 per cent y/y] this January, which is encouraging news for professionals in this field.”

The greatest year on year [y/y] advertising growth for the Marketing &Communications industry of all the major regions was seen in Canterbury where there were 18 per cent more jobs than 12 months ago.

In Canterbury, Marketing Assistants/Coordinators and Marketing Communication Specialists were most in demand on SEEK.

“It's encouraging to see advertising on SEEK increase across Canterbury. It shows opportunities are not just isolated to Auckland, New Zealand's largest labour market, which is widely regarded as the hub for this industry,” Faulding said.

“Even though there is more job growth across the country for Marketing &Communications professionals, Auckland still offers the most opportunities for this sector, despite job ads dipping 2 per cent y/y this January.”

Marketing Assistants/Coordinators, Marketing Communications Specialists and Digital &Search Markers were the most sought after Marketing &Communication professionals in Auckland this January.

“Wellington was the next top region for Marketing &Communications opportunities this January,” Faulding concluded.

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