Fastest-growing jobs in your region

It’s been a tough couple of years for many of us – especially when it comes to work. But the new year may open up a wider range of job choices, with job ads rising across almost every industry.

Job ad growth made a steady start in the second half of last year, putting us in a good position coming into 2022. 

Which roles are growing the fastest in your region? Select a region from the dropdown below to find out.

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1 Legal Litigation Solicitor 146.4%
2 Healthcare & Medical Pharmacist 143.4%
3 Trades & Services Plumber 124.1%
4 Human Resources & Recruitment Human Resources Coordinator 118.9%
5 Information & Communication Technology Mobile Developer 103.4%
6 Hospitality & Tourism Food and Beverage Attendant 100.0%
7 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Picker and Packer 99.2%
8 Engineering Engineering Manager 95.6%
9 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Courier 89.3%
10 Human Resources & Recruitment Health and Safety Adviser 88.4%
11 Information & Communication Technology Full Stack Software Engineer 86.1%
12 Accounting Financial Analyst 83.3%
13 Real Estate & Property Asset Manager 82.1%
14 Healthcare & Medical Nurse 81.8%
15 Trades & Services Services Engineer 80.0%
16 Design & Architecture User Experience and Interface Designer 75.0%
17 Information & Communication Technology Infrastructure Engineer 75.0%
18 Information & Communication Technology Applications Support Analyst 74.3%
19 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Production Operator 73.5%
20 Information & Communication Technology Systems Administrator 72.5%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Jun-Nov 2021 compared to Dec 2020-May 2021, SEEK Employment Report.

1 Human Resources & Recruitment Health and Safety Adviser 184.6%
2 Accounting Auditor 176.9%
3 Construction Site Traffic Management Supervisor 169.2%
4 Hospitality & Tourism Housekeeper 164.7%
5 Construction Foreperson 157.1%
6 Healthcare & Medical Healthcare Assistant 155.0%
7 Trades & Services Cleaner 143.3%
8 Accounting Assistant Accountant 141.2%
9 Information & Communication Technology Data Engineer 138.5%
10 Construction Contracts Manager 128.6%
11 Information & Communication Technology Full Stack Developer 125.6%
12 Healthcare & Medical Registered Nurse 124.1%
13 Marketing & Communications Communications Adviser 115.4%
14 Administration & Office Support Project Coordinator 109.7%
15 Construction Site Manager 105.6%
16 Information & Communication Technology Developer 105.3%
17 Engineering Project Engineer 100.0%
18 Engineering Geotechnical Engineer 92.3%
19 Administration & Office Support Customer Service Administrator 90.9%
20 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Warehouse Assistant 86.7%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Jun-Nov 2021 compared to Dec 2020-May 2021, SEEK Employment Report.

1 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Process Operator 300.0%
2 Hospitality & Tourism Kitchen Assistant 227.3%
3 Hospitality & Tourism Sous Chef 190.0%
4 Administration & Office Support Office Manager 160.0%
5 Engineering Project Engineer 152.9%
6 Accounting Management Accountant 121.4%
7 Call Centre & Customer Service Call Centre Operator 120.0%
8 Banking & Financial Services Business Manager 118.2%
9 Trades & Services Service Technician 112.5%
10 Information & Communication Technology Software Developer 110.0%
11 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Truck Driver 105.3%
12 Accounting Finance Manager 93.8%
13 Administration & Office Support Coordinator 93.5%
14 Construction Operator 91.9%
15 Science & Technology Laboratory Technician 90.6%
16 Sport & Recreation Lifeguard 90.0%
17 Retail & Consumer Products Sales Assistant 87.5%
18 Healthcare & Medical Counsellor 87.5%
19 Human Resources & Recruitment Human Resources Business Partner 83.3%
20 Information & Communication Technology Software Engineer 81.8%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Jun-Nov 2021 compared to Dec 2020-May 2021, SEEK Employment Report.

1 Healthcare & Medical Pharmacist 162.5%
2 Human Resources & Recruitment Human Resources Coordinator 132.0%
3 Healthcare & Medical Practice Manager 123.5%
4 Trades & Services Electrician 116.7%
5 Marketing & Communications Communications and Engagement Adviser 113.6%
6 Information & Communication Technology Systems Administrator 93.1%
7 Accounting Financial Analyst 88.9%
8 Retail & Consumer Products Assistant Store Manager 86.7%
9 Information & Communication Technology Service Desk Analyst 85.9%
10 Information & Communication Technology Product Manager 85.0%
11 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Procurement Specialist 81.5%
12 Healthcare & Medical Counsellor 78.9%
13 Retail & Consumer Products Assistant Manager 78.6%
14 Administration & Office Support Service Administrator 75.0%
15 Legal Senior Associate 75.0%
16 Information & Communication Technology Technical Specialist 73.0%
17 Information & Communication Technology Service Delivery Manager 72.7%
18 Sales Sales Manager 72.2%
19 Healthcare & Medical Mental Health Professional 72.2%
20 Retail & Consumer Products Merchandiser 66.7%

Source: Percentage change in job ads listed on SEEK Jun-Nov 2021 compared to Dec 2020-May 2021, SEEK Employment Report.

Job seekers hold the cards

With demand for talent outweighing supply in many industries across the country, you may find more choice – and bargaining power – for your next career move.

Adam Shapley, Managing Director of recruitment firm Hays New Zealand, says a skills shortage is impacting most industries.

“We predict this will continue to intensify at least in the first half of 2022,” he says.  “International border openings could provide some additional access to overseas talent, but there is a risk that the number of departures could negate this benefit, and it is unlikely to fully address the supply and demand imbalance.”

Growth in Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

Nationally, job ads for Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics rose 14.5% compared to the previous six-month period and several industry roles are among the top 20 fastest-growing jobs. These include Processing Officers (123.1%), Operations Supervisor (102.8%) and Delivery Agents (95.9%).

Shapley says the pandemic has impacted the demand for staff across the industry – and this means more opportunity for job seekers.

“We’ve noticed some trends which could be contributing to the change in demand, including an increase in local joint ventures as organisations support each other, the relocation of operations from larger cities to regional towns, and the onshoring of production from offshore manufacturers, which is also adding to vacancy activity.”

Boost for Healthcare & Medical

Healthcare & Medical saw a 16.9% lift in job ads with Aged Care Registered Nurse (77.8%) and Mental Health Professional (88.1%) leading the charge.

Becky Brown, consultant in marketing and health, at recruitment firm Steam Consulting, expects demand to spike across the industry this year due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, as well as the aging population.

“Definitely expect demand to continue and to be higher in 2022 than it has been,” she says. 

“With more competition among healthcare providers than ever before, being able to contribute to and be a part of a growing business is important to employers”, adds Brown. “The healthcare industry will always be about caring and putting people first, but now I am seeing that having a more commercial and growth mindset really helps.”

Trends in Hospitality & Tourism

International border closures continue to affect New Zealand’s world-renowned Hospitality & Tourism industry. While job ads have declined 2.6% compared to the previous six-month period, some roles in the industry are among the top 20 fastest-growing jobs. They include Laundry Assistants (113.2%) and Kitchen Hands (85%).

The much-publicised skills shortage in Hospitality & Tourism may lead to more opportunities for you in 2022. Peter Jackson, Senior Recruitment Consultant at TMS Talent, says industry employers are working harder to attract employees.

“We’re seeing varying degrees of salary increases, more flexibility like four-day weeks, and even bonus structures are becoming more prevalent,” he says.

What does it mean for salaries?

If you are working in one of the fast-growing industries, you may be well positioned for salary negotiations, but it pays to do your research.

“Be realistic in your salary expectations by understanding typical salaries for your role in relation to the latest job market trends,” Shapley advises. 

“Salaries are increasing for skills in demand, but only so far – there is an expectation gap between what people expect and employers can offer. Consider whether non-financial benefits can bridge the divide, and talk to your recruitment consultant if you are unsure about your salary expectations.”

Brown is seeing more employers are reviewing salaries to attract people and keep them onboard.

“I have seen my clients more open to negotiation for higher salaries, as they know they need to do this in the current market,” she says. 

“Candidates are in the driver’s seat in the current market,” adds Brown. “At offer stage with a potential new employer, or when negotiating with your current employer, clearly define what salary you are looking for and why you feel you should be getting it.”

If your salary expectations can’t be met, Brown recommends negotiating a salary review to be built into your contract at the end of a probationary period.
“You need to be open and upfront with your employer about what is important to you,” she says. 

The 2022 job market is off to a promising start, despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. With job ad volumes rising – and huge demand for skills in some areas – now may be the time to look at what opportunities you can take hold of.