Data from SEEK suggests strong advertising growth is continuing across New Zealand. The latest SEEK data has revealed there were 7.9 per cent more new job ads on SEEK this May than the same period last year. Overall strong advertising growth continued across the following high employing sectors:
- Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics - up 29 per cent year on year [y/y]
- Sales - up 23 per cent year on year [y/y]
- Engineering - up 20 per cent year on year [y/y]
Across all industries this May, the national average advertised annual salary on SEEK was $75,504, up 0.6 per cent y/y.
"All major regions across the country experienced an uplift in advertising this May, with Auckland enjoying the largest growth, up 6.8 per cent y/y," said Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK New Zealand.
Fuelling growth across Auckland were the following top advertising industries on SEEK and their average advertised annual salaries:
- Information & Communication Technology [ICT] - $93,771
- Manufacturing, transport & Logistics - $64,684
- Administration & Office Support - $51,762
In Wellington, job ads grew 1.7 per cent y/y in May.
"Even though job ads increased y/y for our nation's capital, the region's labour market has been subdued over the past couple of months," notes Faulding. "A combination of factors may have contributed to slowed y/y job ad growth across Wellington, they include businesses still being in temporary or shared office spaces after the recent earthquake. Plus, the region's labour market may be taking time to gain momentum after businesses delayed hiring due to fewer trading days in April because of the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays.
"Industries offering the most job opportunities in the Wellington region this May were ICT [no growth]; Administration & Office Support [up 3 per cent y/y] and Trades & Services [down 4 per cent y/y]," Faulding added.
In the South Island, job ads in Canterbury continued to rise this May up 3.9 per cent y/y, which indicates the region's jobs market may be finding its feet after a prolonged period of weakness.
"Trades & Service professionals were again the most in-demand throughout Canterbury, with job ads on SEEK up 8 per cent y/y this May," said Faulding.
In North Island this May, Waikato offered the most job opportunities on SEEK of the smaller regions, with job ads up 21.10 per cent y/y.
The fields in Waikato with the most demand for professionals this May were:
- Trades & Services - up 15 per cent y/y
- Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics - up 84 per cent y/y
- Administration & Office Support - up 49 per cent y/y
Advertising across Manawatu and the Bay of Plenty was also strong, with job ads on SEEK up 51.5 per cent y/y and 29.9 per cent y/y respectively. However, in comparison to Waikato, there were less jobs on offer.
While off a low base, job ads on SEEK across other North Island smaller regions remained strong this May:
- Taranaki - up 43 per cent y/y
- Hawkes Bay - up 33.8 per cent y/y
- Gisborne - up 23.6 per cent y/y
- Northland - up 19.6 per cent y/y
Across the South Island, positive advertising growth was enjoyed in all the smaller labour markets this May.
"Otago was the top performer, recording the largest number of job ads on SEEK, as well as healthy advertising uplift of 15.5 per cent y/y," said Faulding. Helping drive growth across Otago this May, were the following large advertising industries on SEEK:
- Trades & Services - up 5 per cent y/y
- Hospitality & Tourism - up 41 per cent y/y
- Construction - up 66 per cent y/y
"Solid advertising growth and opportunities on SEEK were also recorded in Tasman [up 36.5 per cent y/y] and Southland [up 20.8 per cent y/y]," Faulding said.