Online jobs ads hit double digit growth

CATHERINE HARRIS
Last updated 11:13 05/10/2012

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An upsurge of work in Canterbury had boosted the number of jobs advertised nationally on website Trade Me Jobs.

Over the September quarter, advertised vacancies rose 12.3 per cent on a year ago. In Canterbury vacancies on the website were up 43.7 per cent.

Head of Trade Me Jobs Pete Ashby said underlying confidence was surprisingly strong.

"We've seen the market rebound to double digit growth. The Canterbury rebuilding efforts continue to underpin this growth, but most segments appear in good heart."

Auckland was a cause for some concern with jobs rising just 2.7 per cent on a year ago, although they were up 13 per cent on the previous quarter

However, Ashby noted that a year ago the country was in the midst of the Rugby World Cup which gave a short-term boost to the tourism and hospitality sector.  

Wellington was the only region to record a decline in vacancies, down 2.5 per cent on a year ago, as public service job cuts impacted on other sectors, particularly recruitment. The capital's job scene was still 6.3 per cent better than the previous quarter, however.

All the outlying regions enjoyed solid annualised jobs growth, including Marlborough (up nearly 50 per cent), Gisborne (up 37 percent), Otago up 47 per cent and the West Coast (up 19 per cent).

Industry-wise the construction and architecture sector was growing the fastest, with a 94 per cent increase in job ads.

In Canterbury, demand for construction project managers and supervisors grew 88 per cent and 356 per cent respectively.

"The broader Canterbury economy is going gangbusters. It appears that population growth and rising house prices are the driving factors behind sharply increased listings in Ashburton and Timaru,'' said Ashby.

Other top sectors were healthcare (up nearly 50 per cent) and agriculture, fisheries and forestry (up 36 per cent).

Sectors on the downside included recruitment and HR (down 24 per cent). Ashby said the all-of-government project in government had caused a lot of uncertainty in the industry.

''Now that the results are known, we expect recruiters will be able to plan with a little more conviction.''

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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