NZ job market records 9.4% growth

The New Zealand employment market has gone from strength to strength throughout 2017 and the year looks set to end on a positive note with job ads on SEEK increasing by 9.4% compared to the same time in 2016.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand says the country’s growing cost of living and rising population has put additional pressure of the community services and development industry. It recorded a 38% increase in job ads on SEEK in November compared to the same time last year and the average advertised salary was $63,538.

“There is a growing demand for people with skills to work in these social service jobs to help and care for Kiwis in need,” says Faulding. “Last year, an Otago University study found that the ‘severely housing deprived’ or homeless population in New Zealand was around 41,200, or about one in every 100 Kiwis.”

Industries on the rise

Roles within the community services and development industry that experienced the highest level of year-on-year growth between January and November include housing and homelessness services. Job ads for these roles increased by 156.8% year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $69,636. There was also a growth in employment services roles – they rose 143.1% over the same period and the average advertised salary was $55,291.

Roles in the mining, resources and energy industry were also among the fastest-growing jobs on SEEK for 2017. The industry recorded an average advertised salary of $90,863 in November and the fastest-growing roles included those in power generation and distribution.

“It’s no surprise power generation and distribution is among the fastest-growing jobs on SEEK as our country has one of the highest rates of renewable electricity use in the world,” says Faulding. “New Zealand is now using less thermal and more renewable electricity generation [hydro generation and some wind generation], and as Kiwis increasingly use new technologies, our power consumption will continue to rise.”

Trends across the regions

In November, 24 of the 29 industries on SEEK experienced year-on-year growth. Double-digit growth was also experienced across all major regions, with the exception of Auckland, where job ads rose 1.1% year-on-year.

“After strong and consistent job ad growth during 2017, the Auckland labour market has started to slow in the lead-up to the festive season,” says Faulding. “Across Auckland, SEEK saw positive job ad growth in 13 of 29 industries. The ICT, manufacturing, transport and logistics and trades and services industries offered the most job opportunities across the region in November.”

Wellington recorded the strongest growth in November with an increase reaching 18.9% year-on-year. “Driving this ad uplift are Wellington’s top advertising industries, which include ICT (up 17% year-on-year), administration and office support (up 8% year-on-year), and government and defence (up 61% year-on-year),” says Faulding. “Demand was strong for professionals across government as well as policy planning and regulation.”

Canterbury also recorded positive results in November. While off a low base, job ads rose by 12.8% year-on-year. “Across the region, the trades and services industry continued to offer the most job opportunities in November (up 12% year-on-year), followed by manufacturing transport and logistics (up 61% year-on-year),” says Faulding. “Driving this solid advertising uplift across the manufacturing transport and logistics industry in Canterbury was demand for workers to fill roles in warehousing, storage and distribution, machine operations and assembly and process work.”

Job ads on SEEK also continued to thrive across the majority of New Zealand’s smaller regions in November. Only Taranaki experienced negative growth due to small increases in 10 of 29 industries across the region.

While off a low base, the West Coast region recorded year-on-year growth of 68.7%, while Marlborough saw an increase of 54.9% and Southland was up by 37.1% compared to the same time last year.

The festive season arrived with even more reason to celebrate with New Zealand’s employment market continuing to show strength on SEEK.

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