Spike in online job adverts
The Manawatu region is on track with the national trend as online job advert numbers shoot up.
Recruitment website Seek revealed a 17.3 per cent increase in job advert volumes during May this year compared with last year.
According to Seek, more than 26,000 jobs were posted on the site in May.
Palmerston North Personnel recruitment specialist Mason Parker said they had seen a similar trend in Manawatu, with a cross-section of roles being advertised. He said trade-based roles remained difficult to fill as there was still a nationwide shortage in skilled workers in those sectors.
He said his engineering clients were regularly struggling to find skilled workers. "There are qualified people around but maybe not with the right attitude or behaviours.
"A lot of the good people secure good, solid roles and don't move unless they're going to an equal or better opportunity."
Manawatu Restaurant Association president Sean Kereama said there was a lack of skilled hospitality workers in the Manawatu.
He said Palmerston North didn't have a competitive market for skilled workers, and a lack of a pool of staff in the restaurant industry had resulted in a rise in labour costs.
"We pay very well to try and attract good chefs to the city."
Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said the rise in the number of applications received for each job from April to May was a strong indicator of the continued confidence in the labour market.
"Skilled workers are currently on the move, so now is a great time for employers to look for new talent.
"It's encouraging to see that we've started off the new financial year with such strong job ad growth."