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.

(Seek)

 

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Dramatic photos: Fox Glacier's retreat causes valley to rise by a metre

23 Jan 2015 Environment
A series of photographs taken over 10 years has revealed the dramatic changes to one of New Zealand's most famous glaciers. The Massey... more

Airport Extension Threatens Wellington Waves

23 Jan 2015 Environment
This press release clarifies statements in our press release of January 8th regarding swell focusing The Wellington Boardriders ... more

Business

MARKET CLOSE: NZX 50 rises to a record; MRP, Meridian gain

23 Jan 2015 Business News
By Suze Metherell Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand shares rose in a global rally, paced by Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy and ... more

NZ govt operating deficit smaller than expected

23 Jan 2015 Business News
By Paul McBeth Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand's government's operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five... more

Living

Japanese film season opens with Bread of Happiness

23 Jan 2015 Lifestyle
As summer holidays give way to normal daily work and school routines, the monthly Japanese film screenings return to Massey... more

Registrations Open for Disability Surf Day at Sumner Beach

23 Jan 2015 Lifestyle
Registrations are now open for a surf day at Sumner Beach, Christchurch onSunday 22 February for physically disabled people hosted... more

Property

Housing warning: It's an Ireland repeat

23 Jan 2015 Property
NZ expert sees factors behind Irish house crash happening here. Precisely the same factors that plunged Ireland into its housing... more

A building block for your future

21 Jan 2015 Property
A rare big block of Bay of Plenty development land in Ohauti, about 10 minutes' drive south of the Tauranga CBD, is to be auctioned... more

Migration

Free new Kiwi workshops return for fresh season

23 Jan 2015 Migration
Newcomer settlement support agency Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is kick-starting the New Year with the return of its ... more

Overstayer numbers at record low

22 Dec 2014 Migration
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures showing New Zealand overstayer numbers are at the lowest since 2000. A... more

Travel

Fifteen New Zealand spots to visit in 2015

23 Jan 2015 NZ Tourism
Need some inspiration for the year ahead? Here are some brilliant things to do around the country. 1. Crankworx The world's... more

Holiday parks making most of sunshine

22 Jan 2015 NZ Tourism
Holiday parks are reaping the benefits of the great holiday weather, starting the new year with record-equalling confidence... more

Sport

Sean Maitland set to join London Irish

23 Jan 2015 Rugby
A COMBINATION of financial and positional considerations are understood to have been behind Sean Maitland’s decision to opt for... more

Veteran Racer Kenny Smith Rolls Back Years, Odd On For Title

23 Jan 2015 Motor Sport
When it comes to fast single seater racing cars, you might think of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Scott Dixon in the USA. You... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on Saudi Arabia and Islamic State

23 Jan 2015 Column
So the US has been holding talks in London this week with its 21 coalition allies, on how best to co-ordinate the military response... more

Gordon Campbell on the Greek election, and EU turmoil

22 Jan 2015 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the election in Greece, and EU turmoil The election in Greece on Sunday –... more

Kiwi Success

New Zealand scientist receives top award in China

16 Jan 2015 People
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the news that Kiwi scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded the Chinese ... more

Graham Shaw, Peter Huljich join Pushpay board

13 Jan 2015 Appointments
By Suze Metherell Jan. 13 (BusinessDesk) - Graham Shaw and Peter Huljich have joined Pushpay Holdings' board as part of the... more

Recruitment

Tainui's Mike Pohio resigns

23 Jan 2015 Recruitment
By Fiona Rotherham Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) - Mike Pohio, chief executive of Tainui Group Holdings, has resigned after eight years at... more

Manufacturing activity rises to decade high in December

22 Jan 2015 Recruitment
By Suze Metherell Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Activity in New Zealand's manufacturing sector rose last month to its highest level in a... more