Demand grows for skilled staff
The Canterbury rebuild underpinned a 12.3 per cent national increase in the number of jobs listed on Trade Me in the last quarter.
That's according to an analysis of 46,000 roles advertised on Trade Me Jobs in the three months to September.
In big demand are supervisors and project managers in the construction industry.
Nationally, the number of jobs listed in construction and architecture increased 94 per cent, healthcare by 50 per cent and agriculture, fisheries and forestry by 36.7 per cent, compared with the same quarter a year ago.
Canterbury job listings rose 43.7 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, and 11.1 per cent from the previous quarter this year.
Head of Trade Me Jobs Pete Ashby said the Christchurch rebuild continued to gain momentum. The number of Canterbury jobs advertised on the website had increased 50 to 60 per cent from 18 months ago, he said.
Demand for construction project managers and supervisors in Christchurch grew 88 per cent and 356 per cent respectively in the past three months.
"Early stage planning jobs continued to increase, but we've seen a real swing to more coalface rebuilding roles."
Feedback from employers advertising roles in Canterbury was that with much of the demolition work completed they now needed to get started on projects, and needed people to do the phy sical work such as laying drains and digging trenches, Ashby said.
"I got the impression that there are more companies in Christchurch now who have done some planning and now they need to get that work done."
Other parts of the job market, such as IT and accounting, were still growing in Christchurch but not at such a rapid rate as trade and construction. “The broader Canterbury economy is going gangbusters," Ashby said.
Ryan Recruitment manager Trish Paterson said the firm was very busy with re cruiting for the temporary labour force but the region's broader job market was buoy ant.
"From a permanent perspective a lot of our work is business as usual - sales people, receptionists, secretaries, it's not just about the construction sector," she said.
"It's certainly greater than a year ago because nobody quite knew what they were doing, and where Christchurch was going." The firm was filling most roles with candidates from within the region. All the big companies were still looking for project managers as they had skills that were in demand even before the earthquakes, Paterson said.
Job listings in Auckland, which had been the country's "employment engine room" were up only 2.7 per cent, although off a higher base because of the boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors by the Rugby World Cup.
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