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Job opportunities on SEEK up 9.5% ahead of festive season

Job opportunities on SEEK up 9.5% ahead of festive season

October was a big month for New Zealand. A new Prime minister was finally announced and your opportunities on SEEK went from strength to strength. With more employers gearing up for the busy festive season and the New Year, now may be the time to take the next step in your career.

The latest data from SEEK Employment Trends shows opportunities increased by 9.5% compared to the same time last year. The good news was shared across all major regions and 23 of the 29 industries on SEEK experienced growth.

The latest data from SEEK Employment Trends shows opportunities increased by 9.5% compared to the same time last year.

If you’re a Trades and Services professional, your industry was responsible for driving much of the growth on SEEK. This was followed by increasing demand in the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics industry. Both industries experienced a surge in opportunities in October.

Industries on the rise

Prospects in the trades and services industry were so high in October that they overtook Information and Communications Technology [ICT] to become the leading industry for job opportunities on SEEK in October. Job ads for this popular industry grew 21% year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $59,126.

Within Trades and Services, demand for candidates in automotive trades grew by 18% year-on-year while labourers saw a lift of 27% over the same period. Opportunities for building trades grew 21% year-on-year.

The Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics industry was the third-largest advertiser on SEEK in October and recorded further growth of 51% year-on-year. The average advertised salary for the industry was $66,990.

Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, says that within the industry, opportunities for warehousing, storage and distribution rose 43% year-on-year and prospects for machine operators were up by 69% over the same period. “The field of assembly and process work also saw an increase of 141% year-on-year,” she says.

Trends in Real Estate and Property

Opportunities for candidates in Real Estate and Property remained flat from August to October compared to the same time last year. The average advertised salary of $85,211 across the industry also remained unchanged from last year.

Some areas of Real Estate and Property recorded an increase in opportunities over the three-month period. There was a sharp spike in demand in some small and niche fields, such as property analysts, which rose 92 per cent year-on-year.  Commercial sales, leasing and property management also experienced an increase of 14%.

“New Zealand’s property market has lost some of its heat, especially in the run up to, and through, September’s general election due to uncertainty over the forming of the new Government,” says Faulding. “It’s been widely reported by the media that the New Zealand property sales activity and growth price will remain subdued into 2018, given uncertainty around the impact of the new Government housing policies.”

Growth across the regions

Your opportunities were up across all major regions on SEEK in October.

Candidates in Canterbury will be pleased to know the region recorded its eighth consecutive month of annual advertising growth. Job ads grew by 3.9 percent compared to the same time last year and industries such as trades and services and manufacturing, transport and logistics offered the most job opportunities across the region.

“In Canterbury, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics also enjoyed strong job ad growth this October, up 66%,” says Faulding.

Prospects in Auckland rose 4.6% year-on-year and ICT was its top advertising industry, followed by Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics and Trades and Services.

“Industries that had fast job ad growth on SEEK across Auckland in October were Legal [up 36%], Community Services and Development [up 32 per cent year-on-year] and Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics [up 29 per cent year-on-year],” adds Faulding.

Meanwhile, the rate of growth in Wellington was slower in October, however prospects still rose 3.9% year-on-year. ICT was also the top advertising industry across the region, followed by Administration and Office Support and Trades and Services. 

“Solid advertising growth on SEEK was enjoyed by the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics industry in Wellington,” says Faulding. “Year-on-year growth reached up 91%.

Faulding adds that the fastest job ad growth across the country was recorded in the smaller North and South Island regions. However, candidates in these regions should note that this was off a much lower base compared to Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury.

With even more opportunities for candidates on SEEK in October, Christmas appears to have come early. It might be time to review your resume to help you get what you wish for.​​​​​​​