Seek says online job ads up 3.9pc
New job advertisements listed on the country's largest online job site are up 3.9 per cent over the past year, pointing to a strong start to the hiring season.
Data released this morning by Seek shows Auckland and Canterbury led the growth, with healthy 2.6 per cent and 2.5 per cent increases respectively year-on-year.
Growth in new job ads from December to January was a more modest 0.7 per cent.
Seek's New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said the year-on-year increase indicated a good start to the traditionally busy first-quarter hiring period.
"We expect to see an increase in job ads in January as the new year often sees employers act on back-filling current vacancies or expanding their operations," she said.
Last week official statistics showed that the unemployment rate for the December quarter dropped to 6.9 per cent from its previous high of 7.3 per cent.
But the Statistics New Zealand data showed that although there were fewer unemployed there were also fewer people working or looking for work.
However, Seek's Employment Index, which measures the ratio of new job ads to the number of applications received, shows plenty of people are still looking for work.
The index dipped 0.6 per cent in January, signalling that job applications grew at a faster pace than new jobs last month.
The enthusiasm was especially marked in the Canterbury region, which saw a 9.3 per cent increase in job applications.
"This could potentially be the result of people looking to capitalise on the new job opportunities that form part of the rebuild project," Faulding said.
Fastest growing jobs in the country in the quarter to January 2013: