New Zealand’s employment market looks set to finish the year on a high, giving candidates even more reason to celebrate this festive season. Opportunities on SEEK increased by 9.4% year-on-year and 24 of 29 industries experienced further growth. If the trend continues in 2018, you could be in for a very happy New Year.
Opportunities on SEEK increased by 9.4% year-on-year and 24 of 29 industries experienced further growth. If the trend continues in 2018, you could be in for a very happy New Year.
The roles to experience the fastest growth in opportunities in 2017 were in Community Services and Development. The industry recorded a 38% increase in job adds on SEEK in November compared to the same time last year and the average advertised salary was $63,538.
Janet Faulding, General Manager for SEEK New Zealand says the country’s growing cost of living and rising population has put additional pressure on the Community Services and Development industry.
“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.”
More good news for candidates
Some roles in Community Services and Development experienced greater demand than others. If you are looking for your next role in housing and homelessness services, your opportunities increased by 156.8% year-on-year from January to November and the average advertised salary was $69,636. Employment services roles also recorded an increase of 143.1% over the same period and the average advertised salary was $55,291.
Prospects for candidates in the Mining, Resources and Energy industry were also looking up. The industry recorded an average advertised salary of $90,863 in November and the fastest-growing roles for the year included 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.”
Regions on the rise
The positive results on SEEK were shared across most of the country. Double-digit growth was experienced in 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.”
If you’re a candidate in Wellington, you’ll be pleased to know the region recorded the strongest growth in November. Your opportunities were up by 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.
Candidates in Canterbury also saw more opportunities 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.”
The large regions weren’t the only ones to experience year-on-year growth in November. While off a low base, opportunities in the West Coast region rose 68.7%, while Marlborough grew by 54.9% and Southland was up by 37.1% compared to the same time last year. Taranaki was the only region to record negative growth due to small increases in 10 of 29 industries across the region.
As 2017 draws to a close, candidates have even more reason to feel positive about their prospects in the New Year. New Zealand’s labour market continued to show strength on SEEK in November and the majority of industries recorded year-on-year growth. Let’s hope the trend continues!