New Zealand’s increasing need for social services has seen jobs in the community services and development industry among the fastest growing on SEEK for 2017. Based on the largest job ad growth and volumes on SEEK from January to November this year, the fastest growing jobs on SEEK for 2017 include housing and homelessness services, employment services, power generation and distribution and child welfare, youth and family services.
Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK New Zealand, says the country’s rising cost of living and growing population is putting increased pressure on those working in the community services and development industry.
“There is a growing demand for people with skills to work in these social service jobs to help and care for Kiwis in need,” she says. “Last year an Otago University study found that the "severely housing deprived" or homeless population in New Zealand was around 41,200, or about one in every 100 Kiwis.”
“It’s no surprise power generation and distribution is amongst the fastest growing jobs on SEEK, our country has one of the highest rates of renewable electricity use in the world,” said Faulding. “New Zealand is now using less thermal and more renewable electricity generation [hydro generation and some wind generation], and as Kiwis increasingly use new technologies, our power consumption will continue to rise.”
Across New Zealand, there was continued advertising growth on SEEK during 2017, and in the lead-up to the festive season ad growth was thriving, with 9.4 per cent more new job ads on SEEK in November than 12 months ago. “We saw positive advertising growth across 24 of 29 industries on SEEK this November,” comments Faulding. “Across the major regions, except for Auckland, SEEK saw double digit advertising growth in November.
“Wellington notched up the strongest growth this November, up 18.9 per cent y/y. Driving this ad uplift are Wellington’s top advertising industries; Information & Communications Technology [ICT] [up 17 per cent y/y], Administration & Office Support [up 8 per cent y/y], and Government & Defence [up 61 per cent y/y].
“Fuelling this strong job ad growth across the Government & Defence industry in Wellington, was demand for professionals across the following fields - Government and Policy Planning & Regulation,” continued Faulding
“While off a lower base, Canterbury was also a top performer, with job ads on SEEK increasing 12.8 per cent y/y. Across the region, the Trades & Services industry continued to offer the most job opportunities this November [up 12 per cent y/y], followed by Manufacturing Transport & Logistics [up 61 per cent y/y].”
Driving this solid advertising uplift across the manufacturing transport and logistics industry in Canterbury, was demand for workers to fill roles in Warehousing, Storage & Distribution, Machine Operations and Assembly & Process Work.