Quake rebuild shows up in jobs figures

JAZIAL CROSSLEY
Last updated 13:45 20/02/2013

Relevant offers

Industries

And, we are (almost) go for Kiwi Rocket launch in northern Hawke's Bay Dancing Sands toasts success from Kiwi products Mark Hotchin returns to New Zealand but critics say Hanover investors unlikely to forgive From urban planning to underwear: Confitex co-founder Mark Davey Top of the south working group advocates seek focus in fishery preservation 1MBD scandal: Judge allows Malaysian businessman tussling for $370m in seized assets to take control of NZ trusts Z Energy to help get curious drivers behind the wheel of an EV BNZ internet banking outage: Customers unable to bank online Quirky QT hotel brand coming to Queenstown More than 500 job losses as more Pumpkin Patch stores to close

Canterbury appears to have the most buoyant job market in New Zealand thanks to rebuild-related work opportunities.

Figures in the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment report on job vacancies showed skilled job advertisements rose 8.5 per cent in January from the start of last year nationwide, but there was a huge 80.6 per cent increase in Canterbury construction and engineering jobs.

The Canterbury region had the biggest increase in the number of job opportunities overall, up 22 per cent while the Wellington market declined 2.2 per cent and Auckland rose 6.5 per cent.

"Recruitment activities usually start to pick up in January, and the growth rate this January is higher than a year ago," acting manager of labour market and business performance David Paterson said.

"This is reflected in the strong growth in the seasonally adjusted series over the month.

"The Ministry forecasts strong employment growth in Canterbury compared to other regions. Employment growth in construction is forecast to grow strongly due to the Canterbury rebuild."

There were 497 construction, architecture and engineering jobs listed in the Canterbury region on Trade Me this morning.

Ad Feedback

- BusinessDay.co.nz

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content