Data from SEEK has found the hospitality and tourism industry to be one of the fastest growing industries in New Zealand. Jobs are increasing in the sector, powered by strong growth in tourism numbers from both domestic and foreign visitors.
Nationally over the past three months [May to July 2017], job ads on SEEK for the industry grew nine per cent when compared to the same period last year. Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK New Zealand, said hospitality and tourism is currently the eleventh largest advertising industry on SEEK [May to July 2017]. “Helping fuel job ad growth on SEEK across the hospitality and tourism industry is the increasing demand for professionals to service the rising number of tourists visiting New Zealand and an increase of Kiwis travelling domestically,” said Faulding. “The latest International Travel and Migration report, conducted by Stats NZ, found the number of international visitors to New Zealand rose by 10 per cent y/y in June 2017 when compared to June 2016.”
Despite strong job ad growth on SEEK, the Hospitality and tourism industry is facing some changes. “Advances in technology are disrupting the industry, and we're seeing fewer job ads on SEEK for certain Hospitality and tourism roles,” revealed Faulding. “From May to July this year, there was a decline in advertising on SEEK for airline workers [down 24 per cent y/y] and reservation professionals [down 9 per cent y/y],” said Faulding. “All these jobs are experiencing a rise in online competition and automation.”
Over the past 12 months [1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017] the national average advertised annual salary on SEEK for the hospitality and tourism industry was up one per cent y/y to $52,312. Across the board, the latest SEEK data has revealed there were 10.8 per cent new job ads on SEEK this July than 12 months ago.