Wellington Scoop

Situations vacant: Wellington job advertising up by 5.8 per cent

Press Release – SEEK
New advertisements for jobs in Wellington have increased by 5.8 per cent in the nine months to September, according to data from Seek NZ. In Auckland the increase is 2,7%. Canterbury is showing the strongest growth, up 17% since September last year.

SEEK New Zealand General Manager Janet Faulding says there’s also been an increase in job applications which is in line with recent seek.co.nz data which shows Kiwis’ intent to secure a new job;

“Our research shows that 43% of Kiwis are intending to secure a new job in the next twelve months, so this rise in applications is not unexpected. There has been an uncertainty during the economic downturn and a sense that job seekers are keeping their heads down, however at SEEK we’re seeing a steady growth in applications.”

The top 5 most competitive occupations, with the most job applications received on New Zealand’s largest jobs website, were:
1. IT support staff
2. Call centre customer service staff
3. Administration staff
4. Retail sales assistants
5. Accounting administrators

Data from the SEEK Employment Index (SEI) shows national growth in new job ads remains steady on last month at 0.1% (up 6.5% year-on-year), however it also shows a greater degree of growth in job applications, which has led to a 1.9% dip in the SEI for September.

Across the country, the top 5 most in demand jobs which are currently hardest to fill are:
1. IT Consultants
2. Engineering Managers
3. Local Government Personnel
4. Private Practice Solicitors
5. Midwives

Janet Faulding says, “Our data this month is consistent with the latest analysis from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The market is showing signs of slow, but steady recovery, and job seekers are actively applying for jobs – it is encouraging to see the market is being stimulated by supply and demand in both directions.”