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20.12.16 Top jobs on SEEK for 2016
23.11.16 SEEK job ads up 9.9 per cent year on year nationally, Waikato region is thriving
26.10.16 SEEK new job ads up 6.5 per cent year on year, boosted by Hospitality, Tourism and Retail
20.09.16 SEEK job ads up 9.9 per cent year on year
12.08.16 SEEK job ads up 4.8 per cent year on year
15.07.16 Jobs growth in New Zealand’s regions
17.06.16 More jobs for Kiwi’s in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown
20.05.16 Wellington Jobs Market Rises
20.04.16 New Zealand Job Market Strengthens
18.02.16 Auckland a jobseekers market, but businesses hiring with caution
21.01.16 Christchurch, the city of consultants

Media Release

20th December 2016

Top jobs on SEEK for 2016

New Zealand’s highest advertising industry on SEEK for 2016 was Information & Communications Technology [ICT].

However, despite New Zealand’s need to stay digitally connected and develop new technology, SEEK NZ General Manager, Janet Faulding, said there is still strong demand for frontline service roles in our labour market.

“When we analysed our SEEK data to identify New Zealand’s top jobs outside of the ICT industry, based on the largest job ad volumes and growth over the past 12 months, professionals in frontline service roles, such as Social Workers and Police & Corrections Officers topped the list, along with Early Childhood Teachers,” Faulding revealed.

Beyond ICT, top jobs on SEEK for 2016 were:

  • Social Workers [Child, Youth & Family]
  • Police & Corrections Officers
  • Early Childhood Teachers

Faulding said New Zealand’s growing population can be credited for helping fuel growth across the top jobs on SEEK for 2016.

“We don’t expect demand on SEEK to slow any time soon across these top jobs of 2016, as our population grows so will our need for professionals in frontline services and early childhood education,” Faulding said.

Social Workers [Child, Youth & Family]
Across the country, demand for Social Workers [Child, Youth & Family] increased 74.02 per cent year on year [2016 v 2015].

The FY16 average advertised salary on SEEK for Social Workers was:

  • Social Workers - $ 51,961

“It’s not surprising our SEEK data revealed Social Workers as a top job. With our increased population due to natural birth rates and migration, this puts increased pressure on social services,” Faulding said.

Police & Corrections Officers
Job ads on SEEK for Police & Corrections Officers have nationally increased 163.1 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015].

The FY16 average advertised salary on SEEK for Police & Corrections Officers was:

  • Police & Corrections Officers - $64,872

“Police & Corrections Officers are vital roles within our community, which has been reflected through strong job ad growth and demand on SEEK. It will be interesting to watch if the growth we’ve seen in this industry is enough to support our communities for the next 12 months, or if they’ll be looking to hire more people,” Faulding said.

Early Childhood Teachers
Nationally, jobs for Early Childhood Teachers on SEEK increased 76.7 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015].

The FY16 average advertised salary on SEEK for Early Childhood Teachers was:

  • Early Childhood Teacher - $ 58,711

“Early Childhood Teachers are essential for educating our youth during their formative years. We predict there will be on-going strong job ad growth on SEEK for these professionals as our nation continues to grow and we see more guardians returning to work and requiring care for their children during working hours,” Faulding said.

NEW ZEALAND JOB MARKET

There were 9.3 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK this November than 12 months ago, with mixed results across the regions.

“Job ads on SEEK for Auckland, New Zealand’s largest labour market, have been firm and steady this November, up 11 per cent y/y [November 2016 v November 2015].

“Driving this ad uplift are Auckland’s top advertising industries, which are Information & Communications Technology [up 6 per cent y/y], Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics [up 21 per cent y/y] and Accounting [up 8 per cent y/y],” Faulding said.

“In Wellington, advertising on SEEK was up 3.1 per cent this November, when compared to the same period last year. ICT remained our capital’s top advertising industry on SEEK this November,” she added.

Canterbury was News Zealand’s weakest major labour market this November, with advertising down 5.7 per cent y/y. The largest advertising industries for the Canterbury region were Trades & Services, Construction and Engineering.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY FOR MAJOR JOB MARKETS

At a national level, there has been a y/y increase of 2.5 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this November. 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 November 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 November, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Faulding continued.

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Media Release

23rd November 2016

SEEK job ads up 9.9 per cent year on year nationally, Waikato region is thriving

Job advertisements on SEEK rose 9.9 per cent this October when compared to the same period last year.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, said it's great to see the Waikato job market thriving, which has contributed to the boost in national advertising growth on SEEK.

“Advertising across the Waikato region on SEEK has grown 17.1 per cent year on year [y/y] this October with job ad growth coming from a broad range of industries in the region,” Faulding said.

Waikato industries, in rank order, that had the greatest number of new job ads on SEEK this August to October 2016 and their average advertised salaries were:

  • Trades & Services ($55,045 )
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics ($70,069)
  • Healthcare & Medical ($72,790 )
  • Administration & Office Support ($48,779 )
  • Sales ($71,052)

“The building boom across Waikato is helping drive Trades & Services job ad growth. Electricians, Building Trades and Labourers are in strongest demand,” Faulding revealed.

“Mining, Resources and Energy industry has also had strong growth, up 44 per cent y/y, but is a smaller advertising industry, so there are less employment opportunities on offer than other industries in the region. Most of these advertised Mining, Resources and Energy jobs are technical roles supporting infrastructure development, such as Fault Technician, Wireline Manager and Glove & Barrier Line Mechanic,” Faulding continued. 

Graph one: SEEK New Job Ads Growth, Waikato, October 2016 vs October 2015

New Zealand: Hospitality and Tourism

NEW ZEALAND JOB MARKET

Job ads on SEEK had mixed results across New Zealand’s major regions this October, which is reflective of their unique labour and economic conditions.

“Wellington enjoyed solid advertising growth, with job ads on SEEK up 15.4 per cent y/y this October. 

“Wellington’s uplift on SEEK was driven by top advertisers Information & Communication Technology [ICT] [up 3 per cent y/y], Administration & Office Support [up 12 per cent y/y], Trades & Services [up 61 per cent y/y] and Government & Defence [up 19 per cent y/y],” said Faulding.

“Auckland advertising on SEEK rose 11.2 per cent y/y this October, with the greatest number of employment opportunities coming from ICT [up 5 per cent y/y], Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics [up 15 per cent y/y], Accounting [up 7 per cent y/y] and Trades & Services [up 32 per cent y/y].

“While Canterbury remained the weakest major New Zealand labour market this October, with job ads on SEEK down 3.1 per cent y/y. Trades & Services, Construction and Engineering were the highest advertisers for the Canterbury region this October.

“With our country’s recent earthquakes and flooding we expect this will have an impact on the demand of certain roles that support the clean-up, strengthening and rebuild work that will occur,” Faulding continued.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY FOR MAJOR JOB MARKETS

At a national level, there has been a y/y increase of 2.6 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this October, which 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 October 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 October, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Faulding continued.

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Media Release

26th October 2016

SEEK new job ads up 6.5 per cent year on year, boosted by Hospitality, Tourism and Retail

Job advertisements on SEEK rose 6.5 per cent this September when compared to the same period last year.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, said seasonal hiring across the Hospitality & Tourism and the Retail industries helped increase advertising on SEEK this September.

“Our SEEK data has shown that September is the peak hiring month of the year for the Hospitality & Tourism and Retail industries.

 “When we analysed our SEEK job ad data for all the Hospitality & Tourism and Retail industries, over a three year period, on average 10.2 per cent of those job ads for the Hospitality & Tourism sector and 9.6 per cent of the total job ads for Retail & Consumer Products industry fell in September.

“We know that in September businesses are gearing up for the festive shopping and Summer holiday season. They are advertising on SEEK now to get the employees they need to service the busy period. It’s a great time for jobseekers to be looking onsite,” Faulding added.

Graph one: New Zealand Hospitality & Tourism, Average Ad Volumes (Oct 2013-Sep 2016)

New Zealand: Hospitality and Tourism

Graph two: New Zealand Retail & Consumer Products Average Ad Volumes (Oct 2013-Sep 2016)

New Zealand: Retail and Consumer Products

The top three most advertised Hospitality & Tourism jobs on SEEK this September and their average advertised salaries were:

  1. Chefs/Cooks ($53,678)
  2. Management ($62,028)
  3. Front Office & Guest Services ($41,527)

The top three most advertised Retail & Consumer Products roles on SEEK this September and their average advertised salaries were:

  1. Retail Assistants ($40,223)
  2. Management – Store ($50,165)
  3. Management – Department/Assistant ($43,964)

Trish McLean, Group CEO of Retailworld Resourcing Group, said job advertising for the Hospitality & Tourism and Retail sectors increases each September because hirers aim to have their seasonal teams in-place by late September and early October ahead of the busy Christmas period.

“There has been significant development and expansion of retail and hospitality venues in the past 12 months, new venues require full staffing from management to casual staff.  In addition to seasonal demand we can’t get enough Chefs! Chef roles are hard to fill because of specific skill set and experience requirements” explained McLean.

“There is also a high demand for Retail Shop Front staff, the demand has increased this year with local business expansion and big international retailers such as Zara, H&M and David Jones, that recently opened stores across our major cities, these brands also require extra staff in the lead up to Christmas and the post-Christmas sales,” McLean added.

The top regions that had the largest number of Hospitality & Tourism jobs advertised this September were:

  1. Auckland, up 5 per cent y/y
  2. Canterbury, down 25 per cent y/y
  3. Otago, up 11 per cent y/y
  4. Wellington, up 28 per cent y/y

**Even though Hospitality & Tourism job ads are declining in Canterbury, the region is still ranked second for opportunities in this industry.

The top regions that had the largest number of Retail & Consumer Products jobs advertised this September were:

  1. Auckland, up 11 per cent y/y
  2. Canterbury, up 9 per cent y/y
  3. Wellington, up 44 per cent y/y
  4. Otago, up 40 per cent y/y

NZ JOB MARKETS

At a national level, New Zealand’s largest labour markets, Auckland and Wellington, both enjoyed y/y advertising uplift on SEEK this September, increasing 7.5 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively. While in Canterbury the jobs market remained subdued with job ads down 5.5 per cent y/y

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

New Zealand experienced a slight 0.3 per cent y/y increase in the SEEK Employment Index this September, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications and therefore competition, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a regional level.

For jobseekers in Auckland and Wellington, year on year there is a reasonable balance between jobs advertised and candidates applying.

While in Canterbury it remains a hirer’s market, for each job advertised there is 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.

For further information please contact:

Sarah-Lucy Rice, SEEK

E: srice@seek.com.au

P: +61 419 324 445

Media note: When reporting SEEK data you must attribute SEEK as the source.

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Media Release

20th September 2016

SEEK job ads up 9.9 per cent year on year

Job advertisements on SEEK rose 9.9 per cent this August when compared to the same period last year.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK NZ, said it is encouraging to see New Zealand’s job market experiencing continued year on year [y/y] growth.

“The Auckland and Wellington regions have again performed well this August, with job ads up 8.8 per cent and 10.4 per cent y/y respectively. However, the Canterbury market remains subdued post its reconstruction-driven peak in late 2014, with job ads down 7.1 per cent y/y,” Faulding said.

Helping drive this strong y/y job growth are New Zealand’s top four advertising industries on SEEK:

  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Trades & Services
  • Administration & Office Support
  • Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

Information & Communication Technology

ICT remains New Zealand’s top advertising industry on SEEK this August, with 8 per cent more  jobs advertised than 12 months ago.

Across Auckland, ICT jobs were up 9 per cent y/y; in Wellington they increased 5 per cent y/y. While in Canterbury, ICT job ads dipped 6 per cent y/y.

Nationally, the most in-demand ICT jobs on SEEK and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Developers/Programmers ($90,529)
  • Business/Systems Analysts ($90,338)
  • Programme & Project Management ($106,047)
  • Help Desk & IT Support ($55,256)

While the highest paying ICT jobs on SEEK this August and their average advertised salaries were:

  • Management roles ($128,097)
  • Architects ($126,425)
  • Consultants ($110,766 )

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

Trades & Services

Job ads on SEEK for the Trades & Services Industry were up 27 per cent y/y nationally this August.

In the regions, Auckland experienced a 28 per cent y/y increase in Trades & Services job ads, while Wellington had uptick of 48 per cent y/y, but across Canterbury job ads were down 4 per cent y/y.

The top advertised jobs on SEEK nationally for Trades & Services and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Automotive Trades ($60,290)
  • Electricians ($69,922)
  • Labourers ($35,526)
  • Building Trades $58,325)

While the highest paying Trades & Services roles across New Zealand on SEEK and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Electricians ($69,922)
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration ($68,671)
  • Plumbers ($67,777)

“With our expanding population through natural growth and net migration, Trades & Service roles are in high demand across New Zealand to accommodate our rising personal, residential and commercial needs,” said Faulding.

Administration & Office Support

Job ads on SEEK for the Administration & Office Support industry were up 15 per cent y/y nationally this August.

For Auckland, Administration & Office Support job ads were up 6 per cent y/y and it was the region’s third largest advertiser on SEEK behind ICT and Manufacturing, Transport & Logics. This trend continued in Wellington with Administration & Office Support enjoying 36 per cent y/y growth and was the second highest advertiser behind ICT.

Canterbury also enjoyed ad uplift of 5 per cent y/y this August, and Administration & Office Support was among the region’s top advertisers behind Trade & Services, Construction and Engineering.

Across New Zealand, the most in demand job titles on SEEK for Administration & Office Support and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Administration Assistants ($46,755)
  • PA, EA & Secretarial ($59,248)
  • Receptionists ($42,590)
  • Client & Sales Administration ($49,569)

Job titles with the highest average advertised salary on SEEK for Administration & Office Support this August were:

  • Office Management ($60,540)
  • PA, EA & Secretarial ($59,248)
  • Record Management & Document Control ($55,201)

“It’s interesting that the Administration & Office Support industry remains one of our nation’s top performers when our recent SEEK market research[1] uncovered that Kiwis believe administration/support-based roles would not exist in New Zealand in 10 years’ time due to automation and outsourcing overseas,” revealed Faulding. “However, our data suggests that currently Kiwis still prefer the contact of real people in administration and office roles.”

Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

Nationally, job ads on SEEK for the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industry were up 24 per cent y/y this August.

Across New Zealand, the highest advertised job titles on SEEK for this sector and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Warehousing, Storage & Distribution ($54,683)
  • Machine Operators ($48,197)
  • Management ($95,405)
  • Road Transport ($54,545)

The jobs with the highest average advertised salary on SEEK for Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics this August were:

  • Management ($95,405)
  • Purchasing, Procurement & Inventory ($82,002)
  • Aviation Services ($78,191)

“In our recent SEEK market research, labour based roles, like warehouse jobs, were also named by Kiwis as jobs they believe wouldn’t exist in 10 years’ time due to automation and outsourcing overseas, so it’s again interesting that these roles are still in demand for this sector,” said Faulding.

“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.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level the data shows that there has been a slight year on year increase in the SEEK Employment Index this August, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications and therefore competition, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a regional level.

For jobseekers in Auckland and Wellington, year on year there is a reasonable balance between jobs advertised and candidates applying.

While in Canterbury it remains a hirer’s market, for each job advertised there is 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.

1 Source: Independent research conducted by Survey Sampling International (SSI) on behalf of SEEK (January 2016). Interviewing 4k Kiwi’s annually with data being weighted to be nationally representative of age, gender, location, employment status and income (based on NZ Stats).

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Media Release

12th August 2016

SEEK job ads up 4.8 per cent year on year

Data released today by SEEK shows that there were 4.8 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK in July 2016 than 12 months ago.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK NZ, said Information & Communication Technology [ICT] was the top advertising industry across New Zealand this July, followed by Trades & Services and Administration & Office Support.

“The most in-demand skills on SEEK for the ICT industry at present are Developers/Programmers, Business/Systems Analysts, Programme & Project Management and Help Desk & IT Support,” revealed Faulding.

“However, we’ve seen demand cool off for Team Leaders, Hardware Engineers, Technical Writers and Computer Operators,” Faulding added.

“A likely driver of job ad growth for the ICT sector is New Zealand’s exporting culture,” said Faulding.

“NZ companies are now tapping into the overseas markets to grow their businesses, plus investing in new technology and infrastructure to be competitive, and consequently they require ICT talent to help them thrive,” she added.

Auckland job ads on SEEK grew 5.4 per cent year on year this July, while in Wellington job ads were up 4.5 per cent.

“It’s great to see the continued improvement of the Wellington job market after a period of weakness earlier this year and last year,” said Faulding.

“Our capital is becoming more attractive to overseas companies. Last month the Australian department store David Jones opened their doors in Wellington and international fashion retail giants Zara and H&M are rumoured to follow, which only creates more jobs.”

Canterbury still remains New Zealand’s weakest major region, with job ads down 12.6 per cent year on year.

“The Canterbury labour market has been subdued since March 2015, almost 18 months,” 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.”

In Canterbury the trend decline for job ads has slowed in July to -0.7% month on month [m/m], which is the lowest it has been in four months, which indicates the market could be improving.

  • July -0.7 per cent m/m
  • June, -0.8 per cent m/m
  • May, -0.8 per cent m/m
  • April, -1.0 per cent m/m

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level the data shows that there has been a slight year on year increase in the SEEK Employment Index this July, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, competition, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a regional level.

For jobseekers in Auckland and Wellington, year on year there is a reasonable balance between jobs advertised and candidates applying.

While in Canterbury it remains a hirer’s market, for each job advertised there is 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.

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Media Release

15th July 2016

Jobs growth in New Zealand’s regions

Data released today by SEEK shows that there were 7 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK in June 2016 than 12 months ago.

For job seekers it's an encouraging time to be looking for a new role because job growth is not isolated to our nation's two largest employment markets, Auckland and Wellington, said Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK NZ.

"On SEEK we're seeing significant job ad uptick in some of our North and South Island regions this June, when compared to the same period last year," Faulding revealed. "This growth pick-up has really taken place over the first half of 2016."

The thriving regions in the North Island include Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, with job ads on SEEK up 13 per cent and 25.3 per cent respectively year on year this June.

In the South Island, Otago has also enjoyed notable year on year growth with job ads on SEEK up 19.8 percent.

"What we're seeing in our regions is less reliance on the dairy cheque to support the economy and labour markets," explained Faulding.

Job advertising on SEEK this June for Farming, Agriculture & Conservation, compared to the same period last year, decreased 41 per cent in the Bay of Plenty and is down 40 per cent in Otago. In Waikato, job ads for the sector were up 15 per cent, however advertising volumes were small when compared against other industries hiring in the area.

Across Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Otago, there is some consistency with the largest advertising industries on SEEK.

GROWTH ACROSS LARGEST ADVERTISING INDUSTRIES BY REGION

Waikato:

1. Trades & Services (up 32% year on year [y/y])

2. Administration and Office Support (up 35 % y/y)

3. Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics (up 32% y/y)

Bay of Plenty:

1. Trades & Services (up 95% y/y)

2. Healthcare & Medical (up 62% y/y)

3. Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics (up 84% y/y)

Otago:

1. Trades & Services (up 68% y/y)

2. Sales (up 32% y/y)

3. Hospitality & Tourism (up 22% y/y)

Labour market uptick across the three thriving regions can be attributed to a number of influences.

"Tourism is a driver of job ad growth across Bay of Plenty and Otago. The New Zealand Cycle Trail is a great example of an attraction that's getting Kiwis and visitors out of the cities and into the regions, which consequently helps stimulate other industries in those areas, like Sales and Hospitality & Tourism," Faulding said.

"As the cost of living continues to rise in our cities, more people are moving to our regions for a lifestyle change, with some Kiwis stepping away from corporate life and choosing to work for SMEs or starting up their own small businesses in the regions," continued Faulding.

When we look at the major labour markets, Auckland remains strong with SEEK new job ads up 10 per cent year on year, and in Wellington this June job ad growth rose 7.8 per year on year. While in Canterbury job ads on SEEK were down 9.6 per cent compared to 12 month ago.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

Across New Zealand there has been a small year on year decrease in the SEEK Employment Index, which points to more favourable conditions for hirers as there are slightly more applications for each role.

"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.

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Media Release

17th June 2016

More jobs for Kiwi’s in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown

Data released today by SEEK shows that there were 8.9 per cent more jobs advertised across New Zealand on SEEK in May 2016 than 12 months ago.

Industries that showed strong year on year job ad volumes and growth across New Zealand were;

  • Marketing and Communications, up 33 per cent
  • Trades and Services, up 17 per cent
  • Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, up 15 per cent

SEEK NZ General Manager Janet Faulding said that it is very interesting to see how different industries are driving growth across the country.

In Auckland SEEK New Job Ads were up 9.5 per cent in May compared to 12 months ago.

Industries that have shown strong year on year job ad growth across Auckland are;

  • Construction - up 39 per cent
  • Marketing and Communication - up 31 per cent
  • Trades and Services - up 24 per cent.

"It's no surprise that Construction and related industries are continuing to drive job ad growth in Auckland. Across the city there are a number of major construction projects underway, including the new rail link build and the fit out of the Waterview Connection twin tunnels. Plus there is an increase in multi-story residential developments being undertaken," Faulding said.

Wellington's new job ads increased in by 9.8 per cent year on year in May, the top performing industries were:

  • Marketing and Communications up 63 per cent
  • Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, up 40 per cent
  • Construction up 30 per cent

"It's great to see that there is growth in job opportunities coming from a variety of industries in Wellington. Large employing industries for the city include Trades and Services, Government, and Admin and Office Support, which are also showing really positive double digit growth year on year," Faulding said.

Heading into the depth of New Zealand winter, SEEK took a look at how the Queenstown and Wanaka employment markets were looking. Both markets displayed healthy job ad growth, with job ad numbers up on SEEK for all but four industries. Job opportunities in the area reflect the strength of the property and tourism market through the Central Lakes area.

Industries in Queenstown and Wanaka that have boomed over the last 12 months include;

  • Construction
  • Trades and Services
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Retail and Consumer Products

"The Queenstown and Wanaka region is fast becoming a year-round tourist destination, so facilities and amenities are required to support the population influx, and as a result we're seeing more jobs advertised on SEEK to support these developments," Faulding explained.

"A major construction project recently completed in the area was the runway upgrades at Queenstown Airport to allow night flights to land. Other development projects taking place across the region include improvements to the wastewater treatment in the Wakatipu Basin and housing and accommodation construction or revamps, which are stimulating the Construction industry and helping grow tourism in the area, as well as the local economy," Faulding continued.

When you look at what people are earning in these industries across Queenstown and Wanaka, the average salaries are $87,941 for Construction jobs, $54,761 for Trades & Services, $56,920 for Hospitality & Tourism roles, and $44,818 for jobs in the Retail industry.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level there has been a small decrease in the SEEK Employment Index, which points to more favourable conditions for hirers as there are slightly more applications for each role. Canterbury is experiencing the greatest application volume per job out of all the regions.

"It's important for job seekers in a hirer's market, especially in Canterbury, 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.

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Media Release

20th May 2016

Wellington Jobs Market Rises

The Wellington job market is in good shape, with a 10.1 per cent increase in job ads on SEEK from March to April; 10.9 per cent more job ads than 12 months ago.

Industries in Wellington that are helping drive this growth are Marketing and Communications, Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics and Construction, with year-on-year job ad increases on SEEK for these industries:

  • Marketing and Communication jobs up 95 per cent
  • Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics jobs up 66 per cent
  • Construction jobs up 27 per cent

SEEK NZ General Manager Janet Faulding said from October 2014 we saw the Wellington job market really stagnate.

“The job market in our nation’s capital is now on the up, with job ads from March to April on SEEK showing growth across most industries,” Ms Faulding said.

“The fastest growing industry in Wellington has been Marketing and Communications, with a 95 per cent jump in SEEK job ads when compared to April 2015.

“Even though Marketing and Communications is a small employing industry in Wellington, it’s great to see such positive growth,” Ms Faulding added.

In Marketing and Communications the candidates most in demand are:

  • Internal Communication Specialists
  • Marketing and Communication Managers
  • Marketing Assistants and Coordinators

When you look at what people are earning in this industry, the average Marketing and Communications salary for April across Wellington is $82,055, which is above the national April average of $78,536.

It’s also encouraging that job ads on SEEK for Construction and Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics industries are on the rise compared to 12 months ago.

“With a number of construction projects underway across the city, like the Kapiti Express Way, office revamps and seismic strengthening of buildings, it’s likely that these sorts of initiatives are helping contribute to the sustained demand for labour and year-on-year growth,” Faulding said.

The sectors with the best year-on-year results for Wellington Construction job ads on SEEK this April were:

  • Plant and Machinery Operators
  • Estimating (Quantity Surveyor)
  • Foreman/Supervisors

While for Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, the sectors on SEEK that displayed continued demand for labour and year-on-year growth were:

  • Machine Operators
  • Road Transport
  • Couriers, Drivers and Postal Services

With the Wellington labour market improving, it’s important for job seekers to stand out and get noticed by prospective employers.

“By a candidate detailing their work experience and what they are looking for in their next role via their SEEK Profile, it allows the employers to search for them via our SEEK Talent Search Database, which could result in a job interview or a new job in the industry that they’re seeking,” Ms Faulding explained.

Across New Zealand, SEEK job ad growth remains in the black, with 3.5 per cent more job ads than 12 months ago. Plus there is also a 1 per cent rise in the national month-on-month SEEK Employment Index, which indicates reasonable health between opportunities available and the number of candidates applying for positions.


Media Release

20th April 2016

New Zealand Job Market Strengthens

  • Job ads for New Zealand contruction jobs on SEEK saw a year-on-year (March 2015/2016) increase of 19 per cent.
  • Job ads for New Zealand real estate and property jobs on SEEK saw a year-on-year (March 2015/2016) increase of 18 per cent.

Across New Zealand new job ads jumped 6.1 per cent in March, leaving the country in a good state with 5.2 per cent more job ads than 12 months ago.

The construction and the property industries are helping grow the Kiwi job market with strong demand for labour in these sectors.

  • Job ads for New Zealand Construction jobs on SEEK saw a year-on-year (March 2015/2016) increase of 19 per cent.
  • Job ads for New Zealand Real Estate and Property jobs on SEEK saw a year-on-year (March 2015/2016) increase of 18 per cent.

SEEK General Manager Janet Faulding said that it is likely that New Zealand’s strong net migration figures are contributing to the pressure on the real estate and property market.

“We have seen strong growth over a sustained period for the Construction and Real Estate industries, which is being further fuelled by the strong population growth across the country,” Ms Faulding said.

Jobs advertised across these thriving classifications are broad ranging – from surveyor to project management positions for Construction; and body corporate to commercial sales and leasing roles for the Real Estate and Property sector.

“When we look at the year-on-year job ad results by city, the Auckland market mirrors the national trend, with Construction and Real Estate jobs being among the top performers,”Ms Faulding commented.

  • Job ads for Auckland construction jobs on SEEK had a year-on-year (March 2015/2016) increase of 31 per cent.
  • Job ads for Auckland real estate and property jobs on SEEK had a year-on-year (March 2015/2016) increase of 27 per cent.

“In Wellington, the best performing classification for March was Insurance and Superannuation, with 131 per cent more jobs advertised than 12 months ago.

“Whereas, in Canterbury, CEO and General Management was the top sector, with 60 per cent more job ads posted on SEEK this March in comparison to the same time last year,”continued Ms Faulding.

With the SEEK March data showing the strength of the Construction and Real Estate industries across the country, particularly in Auckland, this could also be contributing to the slight tightening in the supply of labour.

“With increasing demand for professionals in the Construction and Real Estate sectors, the focus for employers will be on how to attract and retain the best people to remain competitive,” Ms Faulding added.

Figure 1. SEEK New Job Ads New Zealand
Figure 1. SEEK New Job Ads New Zealand

Download SEEK March Employment Data Report here

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Media Release

29th February 2016

Auckland a jobseekers market, but businesses hiring with caution

  • Auckland new job ads 9.3 per cent higher year on year
  • Strong Auckland property market driving job opportunities across Design and Architecture, Construction, Real Estate and Property and Trades and Services
  • Broadening of opportunities in Hamilton and Tauranga, which offer relief from high living and business costs in Auckland

The latest data from SEEK, New Zealand’s leading online employment marketplace highlights that it’s “go north” for the job opportunities. Auckland new job ads grew 4.2 per cent month on month to January 2016 to be now 9.3 per cent higher than this time last year.

General Manager of SEEK New Zealand Janet Faulding commented, “Outside a minor drop in advertising volume in December which is to be expected, there has been 6 months of near consecutive increases in the number of opportunities advertised in Auckland.”

Sectors within the economy are continuing to ride the wave of the strong property market, which is driving job opportunities across Design and Architecture, Construction, Real Estate and Property and Trades and Services,” commented Ms Faulding.

Figure one: SEEK New Job Ads in Auckland by Industry
SEEK New Job Ads in Auckland by Industry

The increasing advertised job volume is good news for candidates, particularly as the opportunities are spread across a wide range of industries however businesses are exercising diligence through the hiring process.

Dale Gray, Partner at Inside Recruitment commented that the recruitment market in Auckland is bubbling along clients are cautiously optimistic about the future.

“What we’re noticing in the market is a greater level of consideration going in to each new hire, whether that is a new role, or a replacement role. Organisations are doing the thinking to ensure it makes business sense and that they really know what skills and experience they require from their hires and being strict in hiring to that.”

The impact this hiring climate has on candidates is that they need to take the time to thoroughly read and research the advertised jobs. Before applying candidates need to review if their skills and experience match what the company is looking for and then show the relevance they have to the role in their SEEK profile; resume and cover letter. This will give them a greater chance of being shortlisted, commented Ms Faulding.

It appears other regions in the North Island also have a good news story with the collective regions outside of Auckland and Wellington having 7.5 per cent more jobs than January 2015. Wellington remains at much the same level in terms of opportunities available compared to the same time a year ago.

“We are starting to see a broadening of opportunities available in cities like Hamilton and Tauranga which are new hubs for those wanting to escape the higher costs of living and business in Auckland,” concluded Ms Faulding.

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Media Release

21 January 2016

CHRISTCHURCH, THE CITY OF CONSULTANTS, CALL CENTRE OPERATORS AND TECH HEADS

Cantabrians may be surprised to see where the opportunities lay ahead for 2016. The industries that are showing the most promising signs of growth heading in to 2016 are1;

  • Consulting and Strategy, up 53%
  • Call Centre and Customer Service, up 30%
  • Science and Technology, up 24%
  • CEO and General management up 15%

Janet Faulding, General Manager of SEEK New Zealand said, ”There is certainly much more to Canterbury than earthquake-related construction. Over the last 24 months the opportunities for work were largely dominated by the rebuild so it is encouraging to see more industries feeling confident to take on employees. Many Cantabrians are likely to be surprised at how diverse their employment market is heading into 2016.“

Figure 1. SEEK New Job Ads in Canterbury Seasonally Adjusted.
SEEK New Job Ads in Canterbury Seasonally Adjusted

SEEK saw unprecedented demand for Engineers, Project Managers and Construction Workers through 2014 and into early 2015 to support the rebuild. However with most of the essential, straightforward, or lower-value construction repair work completed, attention now turns to the bigger and more complicated projects, which are arguably more subject to oversight by local council and private insurers. With this in mind, it’s no surprise to see SEEK job advertisements in Construction in Canterbury down 24% year on year, Real Estate and Property dropping 29% and Design and Architecture moving to the negative to the tune of 36%. It must be noted that these drops are coming off very high bases.

Ms Faulding went on to say, “It is possible that the lull of construction activity is behind us and we could start to see a pickup in these related roles into 2016 as positive news comes out about businesses investing in commercial buildings in the CBD and surrounding areas. Only recently Kiwibank announced they’re committed to moving back in to the CBD in a new building due for completion in 18 months. Small businesses will be looking for movements like this to give them the confidence to set up businesses that will support the new CBD working population.”

The industries which have demonstrated strong year on year growth as shown in Figure 1 are relatively small employers compared to other industries. However they provide a good reflection of an employment market which is perhaps transitioning to a position of being able to support a broader range of industries.

“In Canterbury we have over 60 job ads for Software Developers and Programmers, and more than 170 roles available in the IT industry. As the city is re-building we’re seeing an increase in service roles such as IT, consulting, customer service and general management, which is more aligned to the trends we’re noticing in the Auckland labour market,” commented Ms Faulding.

Further good news such as; the commencement of Southern China Airlines direct service to Christchurch three times a week, the reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery and the recent retail trade statistics highlighting strong spending growth in Christchurch in the September quarter of 2015 all contribute to fuelling new job opportunities in the region.

It appears that candidates are feeling confident about their options to with a high volume of applications per job being recorded. “People looking for a job will have to differentiate themselves to stand out from the pack. A highly tailored cover letter relevant to the job, as well as a CV that clearly outlines the skills and experience you have which will add value to the business are great ways to achieve this,” Ms Faulding concluded.

1 Figures based on year on year growth from Oct-Dec 2014 to Oct-Dec 2015

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