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Job opportunities up 11.1% for Kiwi's

August delivered more good news for New Zealand candidates with opportunities on SEEK rising by a massive 11.1 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The majority of industries experienced a year-on-year boost and growth was strong across all major cities. Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand, says the impending General Election had little impact on the job market with employers posting great opportunities for candiddates on SEEK.

“Our latest SEEK job ad data points to a growing New Zealand labour market with more opportunities on SEEK for Kiwis this August than the same period last year,” she says.

More prospects in ICT

If you’re looking for your next role in the Information and Communications Technology industry, you’ll be pleased to know it was among the greatest sources of job opportunities on in August. They increased again by 1% year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $97,751.

Trades and Services candidates were also in demand. The industry experienced strong levels of advertising relative to the past five years, and candidate opportunities increased by 19% year-on-year. The average advertised salary for the sector was $60,123.

Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics was also one of the greatest sources of job opportunities. If you’re ready to make your next move in the industry, there were 30% more opportunities for you on SEEK compared to the same time last year and the average advertised salary was $67,117. 

Mining and Agriculture on the move

Opportunities in the Mining, Resources and Energy industry grew by 53% year-on-year in August, and the average advertised salary was $89,205.

Candidates in Power Generation and Distribution were among the most sought-after in the sector and the average advertised salary for these roles was $86,690. Candidates in Mining Operations also saw a lift in demand and the average advertised salary was $90,347.

Farming and Agriculture continues to be New Zealand’s largest industry and job ads for the sector on SEEK were up by 46% year-on-year with an average advertised salary was $68,776.

Horticulture candidates were among the most sought-after and the average advertised salary for was $66,683. Candidates in Veterinary Services were also in demand and the average advertised salary was $70,195.

Childcare on the rise

Opportunities in the Education and Training industry also experienced a lift. They were up by 19% year-on-year for the three-month period from June to August and the average advertised salary was $69,927.

Candidates will be happy to hear that the industry has recorded high levels of advertising relative to the past five years and the upward trend has continued over the past four months.

Faulding says the most opportunities were found in Tertiary Teaching and Early Childhood Teaching. “Advertising for both fields also enjoyed year-on-year growth, rising 15% year-on-year and 27% year-on-year respectively,” she adds.

While coming off a lower base, the greatest growth in advertising for June-August in the Education and Training industry was for Childcare and Outside School Hours Care roles, with opportunities increasing by a noteworthy 92% year-on-year.

“It’s no surprise there are more new job ads on SEEK for childcare professionals than 12 months ago,” says Faulding. “Childcare is a booming sector across New Zealand with an increasing demand for more centres and places.”

Wellington leads the way

Most regions experienced an increase in opportunities on SEEK in August. Wellington was out in front with growth on SEEK reaching 15.4%

“Fuelling this uplift were industries such as Information and Communication Technology [up 7% year-on-year], Administration and Office Support [up 9% year-on-year] and Government and Defence [up 9% year-on-year],” says Faulding.

In good news for candidates in Canterbury, the labour market has been recovering steadily since March and the promising results continued in August with opportunities on SEEK rising 9.2% year-on-year. “Trades and Services and Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics remain the top advertising industries, up 8% year-on-year and 30% year-on-year respectively,” says Faulding.

Positive trends also continued for New Zealand’s largest labour market with Auckland seeing a rise of 5.9% year-on-year. “The Information and Communication Technology sector continues to offer the most job opportunities on SEEK across the region,” says Faulding.

With more opportunities on SEEK in August, it may be time to start planning the next step in your career. How will your industry perform next month? We’ll be watching how the market moves.