Jobs slow but economy rising

ROBIN RAYMOND
Last updated 07:29 11/07/2012

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The number of Marlborough businesses hiring staff has slowed from the start of the year, but the region's economy still appears to be growing based on figures from the Trade Me website.

Marlborough businesses placed 289 adverts for new staff on the site in the second quarter of the year, down from 319 ads in the first quarter, according to figures released on Monday.

However, the number of jobs advertised in Marlborough in the second quarter was 12.5 per cent higher than at the same time last year, which was better than the national increase of 8.2 per cent in the same time frame

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general manager Brian Dawson said the figures fitted with what he was hearing from businesses, but the sample was small and should be treated with caution.

"We are seeing more confidence and was seeing firms starting to hire or thinking about hiring."

While some Marlburians would leave for jobs in Canterbury as the earthquake rebuild started, he thought many would return with better skills and experience. There were also opportunities to provide goods and services to Canterbury, he said.

There was usually a slow down in hiring over winter and he expected more companies to be hiring going into spring, he said.

Gascoigne Wicks law firm practice manager Kay Nalsund said the firm had hired three solicitors for new positions this year on the back of a slightly more encouraging market.

"Our experience was quite extraordinary in that we advertised one position and got two very good applicants, which we hired. That was out of 67 applicants. We've never had that many applicants before in Marlborough."

The Trade Me figures ranked Marlborough as the fourth worst paying region in the country with an average wage of $46,852. Hurunui had the lowest average pay in the country at $44,698. Canterbury had the highest growth in job advertisements boosted by the quake recovery work in Christchurch.

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- The Marlborough Express

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