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Last updated 15:04 14/12/2012

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Construction has proven the fast-growing industry for job applications this year, up 50 per cent year on year, according to online jobs website seek.co.nz.

The website has reported overall it listed over 250,000 job ads in the year to November, up 4 per cent on the previous year. More than one third of construction roles advertised were for work in the Canterbury region as the earthquake rebuild gathers steam.

The strongest growth - 34 per cent - came in the Canterbury region which advertised 9,000 new jobs on Seek. It had the third highest number of jobs in New Zealand this year (37,000), by region.

“The Canterbury region continues to bounce back. The number of jobs related to the rebuild of the city has seen incredible growth this year, with the strongest sectors in the region being construction, design and architecture, and engineering,” says Janet Faulding, general manager of Seek NZ.

“Kiwis looking for work should consider Canterbury as a hub of opportunity during this unique time in the New Zealand labour market.”

Auckland remains the region with the greatest number of available jobs, with just under 125,000 new jobs listed throughout year. This is a slight dip of 3 per cent from 2011 which is likely to have been inflated due to the influx of Rugby World Cup-related roles last year. Wellington had the second highest number of roles, more than 45,000 for the year to November 2012, increasing 2 per cent from 2011.

The majority of roles were advertised in the first quarter of the year, peaking in March.

Faulding said the company traditionally saw higher rates of jobseeker activity in the New Year as people return from their holidays, ready to set their resolutions on finding a new job into action.

There was growth this year in the number of blue collar roles advertised with mining, resources and energy roles rising by a third and trade and services increasing 22 per cent.

But the most sectors with the most advertised opportunities remained unchanged from last year - IT, accounting, administration and office support, healthcare and medical, and sales.

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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