25,000 More Jobs Advertised In 2011   20 Dec 2011

Job opportunities have grown by 10% over the last 12 months, with over 250,000 jobs advertised on New Zealand’s largest job source, www.seek.co.nz, since November 2010. The latest data from SEEK shows that while the levels of growth have fluctuated over the last year, 25,000 more jobs were advertised in the year to November than in the same period last year.

The best month to secure a new role was August where new job ads hit the high for the year, and predictably, the lowest number of new job ads placed was in December 2010 as businesses wound down in the lead up to the holiday season and hiring intentions slowed.

Applications for jobs peaked in March as New Year’s resolutions were put into action with a flurry of activity on SEEK. Janet Faulding, General Manager SEEK New Zealand, explains;

“We always see increased activity in terms of new job ads being posted and job seekers visiting the site during the first quarter of the year with many jobseekers viewing the New Year as the right time for a fresh start.”

Across the main centres, Canterbury emerged as the region with the strongest overall new job growth at 49%, or an increase of almost 900 roles over the last 12 months. Wellington followed with a 12% increase, which was slightly above the national average and almost 400 additional roles year-on-year. Auckland experienced slight growth of 2% but remains the centre with the most opportunity in New Zealand, with a total of 138,000 roles advertised over the last 12 months.

Ms Faulding says that 2011 trends are overall positive and puts the regional variation down to unique local conditions;

“In Christchurch the new job growth is attributed to roles necessary to support the recovery and rebuilding effort, whereas in Auckland we are seeing a slow and steady continuation of business recovery post-recession. Interestingly, Wellington is performing very well considering the reported cuts to the public sector this year and hiring intentions in the government industry dipping slightly in the run-up to the November election. Outside of government we’re noticing growth in a number of different areas, such as accounting and trades and services.”

The top three classifications by growth in the number of job ads were Accounting, growing by an impressive 430 job ads, Information and Communication Technology increasing by almost 400 and Trades and Services which grew by 250 job ads.

In other areas there was strong growth at peak times, for example Sports and Recreation, Retail and Hospitality and Tourism all experienced a hiring flurry in the period from July to September in preparation for the Rugby World Cup. Other industries, like Administration and Office Support and Sales maintained strong job ad numbers throughout the year, seemingly immune to the seasonal fluctuations experienced in other sectors.

“Local events such as the Canterbury earthquake, the country’s largest sporting event and the General Election all had a strong impact on labour market activity in 2011. However overall, the 10% increase in job ads marks 2011 as a successful year in employment. Firms looking to attract top talent in 2012 would be wise to advertise in the earlier months of the year when we tend to see increased activity on the site as jobseekers begin their search for a new role,” concludes Ms Faulding.



Add a comment

Bookmark and Share


PM welcomes closer partnership with ASEAN

22 Nov 2015 News
New Zealand Government Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister 22 November 2015   PM welcomes closer partnership with ASEAN Prime ... more

Submissions open for United Nations report

20 Nov 2015 News
Minister for Women Louise Upston welcomes public consultation on a draft report for the United Nations outlining New Zealand’s... more


Increased Canterbury quake costs pushed Tower into the red

20 Nov 2015 Business News By Paul McBeth
Nov. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Tower, the general insurer, says it will report an annual loss next week after raising its provisioning for... more

NZ inflation expectations drift further below 2% mid-point

17 Nov 2015 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   NZ inflation expectations drift further below 2% mid-point Nov. 17 (BusinessDesk) - Longer term ... more


Awards recognise NZ recreation's top performers

20 Nov 2015 Lifestyle
New Zealand’s recreation industry recognised 10 inspiring individuals and organisations at the New Zealand Recreation ... more

Villa Maria Proves a Huge Hit

16 Nov 2015 Lifestyle
VILLA MARIA PROVES A HUGE HIT TO OPEN SOVEREIGN TRI SERIES The Sovereign Tri Series for 2015/16 is underway with today’s... more


Auckland house price growth slows in Oct as new rules bite

4 Nov 2015 Property By Tina Morrison
  Auckland house price growth moderates in October as new rules introduced Nov. 4 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland house price growth... more

Tenancy bond system moves online

1 Nov 2015 Property
New Zealand Government 1 November 2015 A new tenancy bond service goes online today as part of the Government’s programme of... more


New migrant service launched for New Zealand and Australia

12 Oct 2015 Migration
Those looking for a sense of security when immigrating to New Zealand or Australia, need look no futher than the first inusrance... more

NZ's annual net migration reaches record 60,300 in August

21 Sep 2015 Migration
  NZ's annual net migration reaches record 60,300 in August on Indian, Chinese students By Jonathan Underhill Sept. 21... more


Australia's cloud passports only "conceptual" for now: DIA

29 Oct 2015 Travel & Tourism By Fiona Rotherham
Internal Affairs says Australia's cloud passports only "conceptual" for now   Oct. 29 (BusinessDesk) - The Department of... more

Auckland Airport a 'conductor' for New Zealand tourism: CEO

22 Oct 2015 Travel & Tourism By Fiona Rotherham
  Auckland Airport a 'conductor' for New Zealand tourism, CEO Littlewood says Oct. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland International... more


Richie McCaw retires from rugby

19 Nov 2015 Sport
New Zealand Rugby Union Richie McCaw retires from rugby Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boot... more

Burling and Tuke on top at the mid-way mark

19 Nov 2015 Sailing
Yachting New Zealand Burling and Tuke on top at the mid-way mark at 49er World Champs Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have taken the... more


Gordon Campbell on why IS’s weakness makes it more dangerous

20 Nov 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell on why Islamic State’s growing weakness makes it more dangerous One of the great things about writing online... more

Gordon Campbell on Islam and the Paris attacks

17 Nov 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
According to polls, a third of Republican voters in Iowa want Islam to be criminalized. Unfortunately, the c... more

Kiwi Success

Cavalier promotes CFO Paul Alston to top job

20 Nov 2015 Appointments
Article - BusinessDesk   Cavalier promotes CFO Paul Alston to top job By Paul McBeth Nov. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Cavalier Corp, the... more

Employment Court Judge appointed

20 Nov 2015 Appointments
New Zealand Government Hon Christopher FinlaysonAttorney-General 20 November 2015 Kerry Smith, barrister and solicitor of... more


UPDATE: Weaker employment adds to rate-cut case

4 Nov 2015 Recruitment By Johnathan Underhill
Article - BusinessDesk   UPDATE: NZ employment falls in third quarter, adding to case for further RBNZ rate cut (Recasts to... more

Unemployment rises 0.1 per cent

4 Nov 2015 Recruitment
The latest Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) has reflected the softening of the economy in the first half of the year, with an... more