Canterbury's reconstruction appears to be gaining momentum,
with positive data on jobs and retail spending. Pictured,
Cashel St in the CBD. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
There are positive signs to the Christchurch rebuild on
several fronts, as its employers lead the way in the country's
surge in hiring expectations and Christchurch retail and
hospitality spending outstrips national levels.
Nationally, employer expectations of hiring staff are at
their highest levels, at 33.7%, since the global financial
crisis, but in the South Island expectations are 52.6% of
employers, driven by the Canterbury rebuild, according to a
survey by international recruiter Hudson.
Hudson executive general manager in New Zealand, Roman
Rogers, said there was particularly strong demand in the
construction, property and engineering sectors for project
managers, civil engineers, surveyors, estimators and contract
''The Canterbury rebuild is taking shape, as activity starts
to shift from planning and design into delivery mode. This is
creating a more positive economic environment and stronger
hiring intentions,'' Mr Rogers said in a statement.
In separate data, released by Statistics New Zealand
yesterday, Christchurch's growth in retail and hospitality
spending continued to outpace national levels.
Around Christchurch city, after seasonal fluctuations are
removed, retail and hospitality sales increased 2.4% in the
June 2013 quarter - its fifth consecutive quarter of strong
growth, SNZ industry and labour statistics manager Tehseen
Islam said while the city fell behind national figures after
the quakes, strong growth during the past five quarters had
pushed the city ahead of national growth.
Seasonal effects aside, Christchurch's retail and hospitality
sales rose 16% since the June 2010 quarter, before the quakes
began, compared to a national rise of 12%. Christchurch sales
growth since the quakes began was driven by hardware,
building, garden supplies and motor vehicle retailing.
Mr Rogers said that nationwide, the construction, property
and engineering sectors had the highest positive hiring
intentions, at 51.2%, followed by Government at 41.9%,
manufacturing 31.9% and financial services and insurance
''Overall, more than half - 57% - of employers, intend to
keep their staffing levels steady next quarter,'' Mr Rogers
Medium and large organisations had increased hiring
expectations and more than a third of employers in each
segment were seeking to hire more people during the next