The New Zealand job market continued to improve last year,
setting the scene for a positive 2014, as the unemployment
rate is expected to fall further, online employing and
training site Seek says.
Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said
competition to attract talent would be fierce in the year
Last year, nearly 252,000 jobs were advertised, an increase
on 2012, although Seek did not release the 2012 figures.
The best month to secure a role in 2013 was May, when 23,888
jobs were advertised. December had the lowest number of job
ads as businesses wound down before Christmas and postponed
hiring until early this year.
Ms Faulding said growth was across numerous areas,
particularly trades and services, which was always a strong
performer. Real estate also grew, along with the property
market in some New Zealand centres.
Design and architecture experienced the largest increase in
jobs available across the nation with a 59% rise.
''With the onset of a growing property market in both the
residential and commercial sectors, it came as no surprise
design and architecture gained significant ground,'' she
The three top classifications in terms of greatest number of
jobs available in 2013 were information and communication
technology, trades and services and administration and office
support roles, collectively representing more than 30% of the
The information and communication technology sector alone had
nearly 40,000 jobs advertised last year, Ms Faulding said.
Christchurch continued to remain strong.
Consulting and strategy positions there increased by 51% and
design and architecture was up nearly 73%. The most jobs
available in Canterbury were in trades and services, where
more than 5000 positions were advertised.
''The job market in Christchurch continues to grow and is
attributed to the consistent demand for staff with varying
skills and experience that can support the rebuild.''
Key results for 2013