Growth in job advertisements continues
Looking for a new job? You probably had the best chance last month if you are a Bay of Plenty salesperson.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released its Jobs Online report for September, which measures changes in the number of job advertisements on Seek, Trade Me Jobs and Education Gazette.
It found, across all industries and parts of the country, that the number of vacancies listed increased 0.5 per cent in the month. Compared to a year ago, there were 12.5 per cent more jobs advertised.
Education and training had the biggest increase of any industry, up 0.9 per cent. That was followed by healthcare and medical jobs, up 0.8 per cent and hospital and tourism, up 0.7 per cent.
In terms of occupation, the biggest increase was for sales roles, where there were 1.3 per cent more jobs advertised.
But there were fewer accounting, legal, human resources, administration, construction, engineering and IT jobs on offer.
Unskilled jobs were also more plentiful – up 0.9 per cent in the month.
Bay of Plenty led the charge with 2.6 per cent more jobs advertised, followed by Gisborne/Hawke's Bay and Otago/Southland. Canterbury and Wellington reported small falls in the number of job ads.
MBIE said the growth in jobs advertised backed up the ANZ Business Outlook for last month, which showed business confidence at an all-time high. It found 25.3 per cent of companies intended to hire more people over the coming year.
Over the year to September, job vacancies increased in all industry groups.
The biggest increase was in hospitality and tourism (up 21.2 per cent), followed by education and training (up 15.6 per cent).
The fastest-growing occupations were conference and event organisers, environmental scientists, mechanical engineering draftspeople and technicians, clerical and office support workers for clerical and administration, checkout operators and office cashiers, earthmoving plant operators and car detailers.
Megan Alexander, managing director of specialist finance recruitment firm Robert Half New Zealand said New Zealand businesses were confident about the year ahead. More than 40 per cent were adding new positions to their finance teams, she said.
"This business growth can be attributed to companies increased market growth as well as the development of new projects and initiatives," she said.
"The 'war for talent' will continue for highly skilled finance professionals as 88 per cent of Kiwi CFOs find it challenging to source skilled candidates. Candidates with hard-to-find skills regularly receive multiple job offers and are in a strong position to negotiate a starting salary."
She said accounting clerks, accounts payable clerks, assistant accountants, financial accountants, management accountants and financial controllers were specifically sought-after.