In New Zealand, new jobs ads on SEEK have risen by a solid 9.5 per cent this October, when compared to the same period last year. The increase follows strong job ad growth in September, and the advertising uplift this October was fuelled by growth across 23 of the 29 industries on SEEK, indicating hirers are keen to secure new employees ahead of the busy festive season and New Year.
Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK New Zealand, said the strong demand for tradespeople and manufacturing, transport and logistics professionals has been a driving force behind the job ad surge on SEEK this October.
“Trades and services overtook Information and Communications Technology [ICT] this October as the industry offering the most job opportunities on SEEK, which helped push up job ads for the industry by 21 per cent year on year [y/y] this October,” said Faulding.
The average advertised salary on SEEK this October for the Trades & Services industry was $59,126, and the fields across the industry that had most demand for professionals this October were:
- Automotive Trades [up 18 per cent y/y]
- Labourers [up 27 per cent y/y]
- Building Trades [up 21 per cent y/y]
“We also saw solid job ad growth on SEEK across the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industry, it was the third largest advertiser on SEEK this October, behind Trade & Services and ICT industries,” said Faulding. “Nationally, the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industry also enjoyed strong advertising uplift, increasing 51 per cent y/y this October.”
The average advertised annual salary on SEEK for the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industry was $66,990, and the fields across the industry that had most demand for professionals this October were:
- Warehousing, Storage & Distribution [up 43 per cent y/y]
- Machine Operators [up 69 per cent y/y]
- Assembly & Process Work [up 141 per cent y/y]
Job ad growth was recorded across all major regions this October compared to twelve months ago. “In our country’s largest labour market of Auckland, job ads were up 4.6 per cent y/y. ICT was the top advertising industry across the region, followed by Manufacturing Transport & Logistics and Trades & Services,” said Faulding. “Industries that had high job ad growth on SEEK across Auckland this October, were Community Services & Development industry [up 32 per cent y/y] and Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics [up 29 per cent y/y],” she added.
“In Wellington, the rate of advertising growth on SEEK was slower, up 3.9 per cent y/y this October. ICT was also the top advertising industry across the region, followed by Administration & Office Support and Trades & Services.
“Solid advertising growth on SEEK was enjoyed by the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industry [up 91 per cent y/y] in Wellington this October,” revealed Faulding. “Meanwhile, Canterbury notched up eight consecutive months of annual advertising growth on SEEK, up 3.9 per cent y/y this October. Trades & Services, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics and Construction offered the most job opportunities on SEEK across the region.
“In Canterbury, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics also enjoyed strong job ad growth this October, up 66 per cent y/y.
“However, the fastest job ad growth across New Zealand was enjoyed by the smaller North and South Island regions this October, but this was off a much lower base when compared to Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury,” Faulding said.