Strong rise in job ads
The employment market is heating up, judging by rise in the number of jobs advertised on the seek.co.nz recruitment website.
More than 22,000 new job ads were posted on Seek in February, compared with 20,000 for the same month last year, Seek said.
Seek NZ general manager Janet Faulding said the New Zealand job numbers were the strongest for the company in more than three years.
"The employment market is showing signs of recovery across New Zealand, driven by the main metropolitan areas of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with regional New Zealand continuing to contribute to the overall picture," Faulding said.
Auckland accounted for half of the New Zealand jobs posted on Seek with more than 11,000 positions advertised in February, a 10 per cent increase on the same period in 2013. Other metropolitan areas also showed steady year-on-year growth, Seek said.
Nearly 4000 Wellington-based jobs were posted in February, a 7 per cent increase and almost 3500 Canterbury jobs were advertised, also a 7 per cent rise.
In the regions, Marlborough jobs increased by 22 per cent, Waikato by 19 per cent, Otago by 18 per cent, and the Bay of Plenty by 9 per cent.
Job application numbers were also up across the country with a 6 per cent increase year on year, Seek said.
On a regional basis, Marlborough and Gisborne returned the greatest percentage growth, with applications increasing by 72 per cent and 47 per cent respectively. Hawkes Bay enjoyed a 25 per cent increase, with Northland and Bay of Plenty rising 17 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.
Faulding said it was not surprising to see job applications rise in view of sustained growth in the job market.
There were 18,200 jobs listed on Seek and, as unemployment had fallen to 6 per cent, the signs of a robust job market were clearly evident, she said.