More proof New Zealand's job market is continuing to grow was
released yesterday, data showing the number of jobs
advertised on Trade Me Jobs rose in all regions in the three
months ended June.
Last week, the ANZ Business Microscope showed small business
confidence had reached record highs in Canterbury, the wider
South Island and Wellington.
Hiring intentions among small businesses nudged upwards to a
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie told
the Otago Daily Times Dunedin businesses were
reversing a four-year trend by hiring skilled trades staff
Trade Me figures showed the number of job listings nationwide
rose 19% in the quarter from the previous corresponding
''Growth in listings had been very strong, despite the
potential handbrake effect of the unusual combination of
Easter and Anzac Day holidays in March and the Budget having
a cooling effect on the number of jobs advertised in May,''
TradeMe Jobs head Peter Osborne said.
The lift in advertised roles in all regions was unusual.
Improved economic and employment opportunities in New Zealand
also contributed to the lowest ever level of migration to
Australia in May.
Southland was the star performer in the quarter with a 65.6%
quarterly rise in jobs advertised.
Otago had a 15.6% rise, in line with other employment
measures published by retail bank economists, and was singled
out by Trade Me as a ''standout performer'' along with
Waikato on 24%.
Canterbury had a 20.5% rise amd Auckland had a 21.2% rise.
Mr Osborne said the demand for skilled workers was still
Candidates in IT, engineering, construction and legal were
the most difficult to find.
''Anyone with decent skills in these areas holds the balance
of power at present and they're in a great position if they
are hunting for new opportunities.''
In terms of the number of jobs available, roles in trades
(32%), construction (39%) and transport (29%) saw the highest
rise compared with the previous corresponding period.
Average pay was flat nationally at $60,881. Pay levels
holding firm was good news for employers and unexpected in a
tight labour market, he said.
If demand continued to outstrip supply, wage inflation was
inevitable as employers offered fatter pay packets in a bid
to entice staff.
The Christchurch rebuild remained a major contributor and
there was a shift in the type of demand from
construction-related roles to professional and infrastructure
There was no end in sight for Auckland's consistently high
demand for skilled labour, he said.