Recruiters face worker shortage

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 07:42 10/01/2014

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Christchurch's job market is booming but the challenge is finding enough workers to meet the demand, recruitment agencies say.

New data from Trade Me Jobs released yesterday 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 slow start for some regions.

In the final quarter of last year, Canterbury saw a 44 per cent growth in listings for trades and services jobs, while construction listings rose 23 per cent and transport jobs rose 65 per cent.

"Those three kind of go hand-in-hand as you would expect," Osborne said.

It has been estimated that up to 30,000 extra people will be needed for Christchurch's $30 billion earthquake rebuild.

New Zealand Skills in Demand account manager Glenn Davis said the challenge was attracting enough workers to the city.

"Two years ago [people] couldn't find work elsewhere so Christchurch was a good option, but it's not such a good option anymore," he said.

The city's accommodation issues and earthquake damage meant it was "not the drawcard it once was", given there was now plenty of work available in other parts of the country, Davis said.

Trade Me's national analysis of more than 50,000 job listings also revealed the average wage on offer was $56,500 - well behind Wellington and Auckland on $75,753 and $74,619 respectively.

Employers were now looking to recruit more workers from overseas, particularly from Britain, he said.

He expected his company would see growth of up to 75 per cent this year, with similar rises predicted in 2015 and 2016.

Simon Graham, of Graham Consulting, said his firm was busy across the professional sector, particularly in sales and account management roles.

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- The Press

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