Christchurch job market is booming

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 10:56 09/01/2014

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Christchurch's job market is booming, with the amount of work on offer expected to climb even higher as the city's rebuild peaks this year.

New data from Trade Me Jobs released today shows the number of jobs being advertised in Canterbury increased by almost 23 per cent in the final quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2012 - well above the national average of 17 per cent. 

Listings on the West Coast grew 44.3 per cent in the same period, while Auckland had an increase of 16.7 per cent.

Trade Me Jobs head Peter Osborne said the results showed the economy ended the year on a ''real high'', despite a mixed start. 

''We saw a real patchwork market during the first half of 2013 with growth in job opportunities in some regions, notably Auckland, Canterbury and Waikato, but mixed results elsewhere.''

The number of jobs being advertised grew in all regions except Gisborne in the final months of 2013, with most industries experiencing a boost.

''This demonstrates the healthy state of the national job market and means there are opportunities for many job hunters across the country.'' 

The data also revealed the highest paid job opportunities being advertised on Trade Me as doctors and healthcare specialists, earning an average $145,596 a year.

They were followed by various roles in the IT sector, earning upwards of $120,000 a year.

The lowest paid jobs on offer were in the hospitality and tourism industry, including housekeeping work at $31,953 a year, kitchen staff on $44,013 and reception and front desk roles on $34,423. 

Osborne said January and February were the peak months for new job advertising and 2013's strong conditions looked set to continue this year. 

''We expect there'll be plenty of opportunities for school leavers, university graduates and those looking for a change in the New Year to find the job they've been coveting.''

Average rates of pay by region (full-time jobs only):

Highest 

1. Wellington city $75,753.

2. Auckland city $74,619.

3. Whangarei $61,828.

4. New Plymouth $60,959.

5. Grey district $58,842.

Lowest

1. Waimakariri $45,208.

2. Horowhenua $45,639.

3. Tasman (excluding Nelson) $46,332.

4. Kapiti Coast $47,097.

5. Hurunui $47,129.

Note: Segments with less than 50 jobs were excluded from the analysis.

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