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A job boom last month has seen the number of online vacancies reach pre-recession levels, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says.
The seasonally adjusted results showed that online advertisements for skilled workers grew by 7.4 per cent in January following a 0.1 per cent increase in December 2013.
The major contributors were the accounting, human resources, legal and administration industries (up 16.1 per cent), along with the construction and engineering (up 6.5 per cent) industry.
Skilled vacancies increased in all regions, with the South Island region (excluding Canterbury) showing the largest increase in January at 11.8 per cent, followed by the Auckland region (up 9.9 per cent).
Over the year to January, skilled vacancies increased by 21 per cent, while all vacancies increased by 21.8 per cent.