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Healthcare and medical job advertisements increase by 23 per cent in Wellington

Press Release – SEEK
Healthcare and Medical professionals are in demand, with job ads on Seek growing 9 per cent from April to June when compared to the same period last year. In Wellington, this advertising has increased by 23 per cent.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK NZ, said the Healthcare & Medical industry is one of New Zealand’s largest employing and fastest growing industries, underpinned by strong population growth and our aging population.

“The national average advertised annual salary across the Healthcare & Medical industry on SEEK is $72,339,” said Faulding.

“The largest advertising Healthcare & Medical sub-sector on SEEK is Nursing, with its many specialised areas, it comprises of around one-third of all jobs being nationally advertised across the industry,” she added.

One Nursing sub-sector showing consistent strength is Aged Care, with annual growth of 8 per cent year on year [Apr-June 17 v Apr-June 17].

Healthcare & Medical Recruitment Specialist, Debbie Glen of Frontline Health NZ, said seeking talent for the Aged Care sector comprises a large proportion of their business.

“Across the Aged Care sector, the demand for skilled and experienced Healthcare & Medical talent remains high. There is also an increasing trend, that is seeing many senior professionals keen to move into the sector due to identifying its growth potential and employment opportunities,” said Glen.

“However, when speaking with Healthcare & Medical candidates who are in mid-level roles or the infancy of their careers, working in Aged Care is not as appealing,” said Glen.

Other Healthcare & Medical sub-sectors that had strong job opportunities on SEEK for professionals over the past three months [April to June 2017] were:

• Psychology, Counselling & Social Work, up 31 per cent year on year [y/y]

• Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation, no growth y/y

• Management, up 14 per cent y/y

“The need for Hospital Staff as well as experienced specialised Medical Sales Reps is ever increasing, with companies looking for staff who can hit the ground running,” said Glen.

“The jobs in the industry that we find hardest to fill are Anaesthetic Technicians, as well as Physiotherapists, Operating Theatre Nurses and those experienced in working with traumatic brain injuries.

“Currently we’re seeing a small increase of candidates from overseas, Australia and further afield, who can easily gain registration with their industry governing body,” Glen continued.

The regions across New Zealand that offered the most Healthcare & Medical job opportunities on SEEK from April to June 2017 were:

• Auckland, up 10 per cent y/y

• Wellington, up 23 per cent y/y

• Canterbury, up 2 per cent y/y

• Waikato, up 8 per cent y/y

Across each of these top employing regions, there were some similarities regarding the most sought-after Healthcare & Medical professionals:

Auckland Aged Care Nurses
Wellington Psychology, Counselling & Social Work professionals
Canterbury Psychology, Counselling & Social Work professionals
Waikato Management

Faulding’s top tips for Healthcare & Medical professionals seeking their next roles are:

Make sure your SEEK profile is up to date and your CV has key words in it so that recruiters can easily find you. Sign up to SEEK job alerts, as a lot of roles don’t have close dates as hirers are looking for the right candidate, but when that candidate comes along hirers know they need to move quickly so the role could go quickly too. Build a strong relationship with a recruitment company who takes time to find out what you are looking for.


The latest SEEK data has revealed there were 11.4 per cent more new job ads on SEEK this June than 12 months ago.

“The New Zealand labour market has continued to gain strength, with all major regions enjoying job ad growth on SEEK this June,” said Faulding.

“In Auckland advertising on SEEK was up 8.3 per cent y/y, while in Wellington and Canterbury job ads grew 6.2 per cent y/y and 5.7 per cent y/y respectively.”

The top three industries for job opportunities on SEEK this June were:

• Information & Communication Technology

• Trades & Services

• Administration & Office Support

“Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics was also a solid performer, at a national level it was the fourth largest advertising industry on SEEK and was among the fastest growing, with job ads up 36 per cent y/y,” said Faulding.

“Fuelling this advertising growth on SEEK across the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industry was demand for professional across the following fields; Warehouse, Storage & Distribution [up 33 per cent y/y], Machine Operators [up 44 per cent y/y] and Production, Planning & Scheduling [up 86 per cent y/y].

“In both Auckland and Canterbury, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics was the second top industry for job opportunities on SEEK this June, with advertising up 28 per cent y/y in Auckland and 78 per cent y/y in Canterbury,” Faulding concluded.

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