Capital's jobs grow but only in particular sectors

BORIS JANCIC
Last updated 05:00 06/07/2013

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Wellington is still the country's second biggest job market, according to the country's largest job website, but with growth focused in particular sectors, not all job hunters are finding it easy.

Seek yesterday announced that 128,000 jobs in New Zealand had been listed on the site since January this year.

Wellington was the second highest contributor with just over 22,000 jobs listed for the year, but well behind Auckland, which had nearly 64,000 jobs.

The numbers are similar to those at the same time last year, but Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said there was an expectation the market would surge in the second half of the year. "It has been widely reported that business confidence is rising and we're starting to see this reflected in the job market."

In particular, IT, administration, sales and accounting roles were contributing to job creation in the capital, with government sector jobs rounding out the top five.

Parts Trader is a Wellington IT company that specialises in vehicle part sales and general manager Steve Messenger said the recruitment of sales staff was the product of growing market confidence.

"When the financial crisis was at its peak, people de-leveraged their capacity all across the board to try to shrink their business to the new norm and that included sales people.

"Now when confidence returns to the market people are having to bring back those sales staff to take advantage of opportunities."

KPMG accountant James Harty is one of the many seekers who has found a job in Wellington's accounting sector since January. He said the market was clearly better than it was a few years ago.

‘But Johnsonville resident Kamal Kent said the market was difficult for people outside the booming industries.

He moved from Auckland four months ago and is still struggling to find work as a tradesman. "It's taken a long time to recover from the collapse of Mainzeal and it's really hurt the construction industry down here."

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