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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

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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