Job market steady last year

RICHARD MEADOWS
Last updated 12:33 06/01/2014

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The job market has improved marginally with more than a quarter of a million positions advertised during 2013, according to data from jobs website SEEK.

That was an increase of more than 1000 jobs from 2012, or roughly 0.4 per cent.

SEEK New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said the year had ended on a good note.

"With the unemployment rate set to decline, the foundation has been set for a positive 2014," she said.

"Competition will be fierce to attract top talent in the year ahead."

Statistics New Zealand data shows job numbers surged in the September 2013 quarter, and the unemployment rate dropped from 6.4 per cent to 6.2 per cent.

According to SEEK, the best month for snagging a new position last year was May, with almost 24,000 job opportunities, while the quietest hiring month was December.

While several industries grew, the biggest increase was in design and architecture, which surged 59 per cent.

Faulding attributed the trend to the growing property market in both the residential and commercial sectors, with real estate jobs also on the rise.

IT workers were in hot demand, with almost 40,000 jobs advertised over the year.

They were followed by trades and services personnel, with just over 20,000, and admin and office support roles, at 18,000.

The country's biggest city, Auckland, had the most opportunities with over 125,000 jobs advertised.

That was roughly three times as many positions as Wellington (43,000) and Christchurch (38,000).

In Christchurch, design and architecture positions surged 73 per cent while consulting and strategy jobs increased 51 per cent.

Trades and service jobs were the most readily available, with more than 5000 positions advertised.

"The job market in Christchurch continues to grow and is attributed to the consistent demand for staff with varying skills and experience that can support the rebuild," Faulding said.

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