Big jump in May job ads: Seek

Last updated 12:28 18/06/2014

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Improving economic confidence is leading to a surge in job opportunities across the country, new figures from the recruitment website show.

The number of job advertisements posted on Seek last month jumped by 17.3 per cent compared with the same month last year.

More than 26,000 jobs were posted on the site in May, an increase of 2.9 per cent on the previous month, Seek said.

Canterbury and Auckland led the way in job ads growth, recording rises of 3.8 and 3.7 per cent respectively.

Wellington showed job ads growth for the first time this year with a 1.7 per cent increase in new job ads, Seek general manager Janet Faulding said.

"The rise in the number of applications received for each job from April to May is a strong indicator of the continued confidence in the labour market," she said.

"Skilled workers are currently on the move, so now is a great time for employers to look for new talent."

Across the country, the number of construction job ads posted on Seek was up 46 per cent compared with May last year.

Farming job ads were up 43 per cent, trades and services jobs rose 33 per cent, and design and architecture job ads were up 26 per cent.

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