Rebuild boosts Wellington hiring outlook

JASON KRUPP
Last updated 13:46 11/12/2012

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Wellington is benefitting from the flow-on effects of the Christchurch rebuild boosting demand for skills around the country.

The results from the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey show a net +17 per cent of Wellington employers are looking to grow their staff numbers in the first three months of next year, up 2 per cent on the previous quarter.

The report found anticipation of the rebuild in Christchurch was boosting employment confidence in other parts of the country as materials providers geared up for higher demand.

Nationwide, a net +16 per cent of employers are looking to grow their staff numbers this quarter.

That's based on 25 per cent of respondents saying they plan to hire, 10 per cent saying they plan to cut head counts, and 64 per cent keeping staffing levels stable.

In addition to a boost in construction, "employers in the transport and utilities, manufacturing, and services sectors in Auckland and Wellington are seeing a good pipeline of jobs from the flow-on work of the rebuild," said Lincoln Crawley, managing director of Manpower Group in Australia and New Zealand.

Ongoing delays in the rebuild have seen Christchurch employers trim their hiring expectations, with a net +13 per cent looking to increase their head counts, down 10 per cent compared to the December quarter, and down 10 per cent versus a year ago.

Auckland showed a minor reversal in hiring confidence, with a net +16 per cent of employers looking to hire in the New Year, down 1 per cent on both a quarterly and annual basis.

The effects of the rebuild were also reflected in the skills breakdown, with mining and construction skills still highly in demand at a net +36 per cent, down 2 per cent on the quarter but up 24 per cent on the year.

That was followed by services skills at a net +25 per cent, and transport and utilities at a net +23 per cent.

Finance, insurance and real estate skills came in at a net +19 per cent, but notably were up 11 per cent on the quarter and 26 per cent on the year.

Public administration and education skills ranked as the least in demand with a net +2 per cent, down 8 per cent on the quarter and 5 per cent on the year, which Crawley attributed to government spending cutbacks amid concerns the rebuild repair bill could blowout further.

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- The Dominion Post

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