New Zealand Job Market News

Job Market News and Trends 

What is happening on the New Zealand employment market?

'Outstanding signs' of strong NZ job market in 2017!

"It looks set to be a promising year for job seekers, with the employment market in good health heading into the new year." 

According to Trade Me Jobs, which analysed more than 65,000 job vacancies from October to December on its platform, the number of new job listings in the country increased by 16.4 per cent compared to the same time last year.

IT had the highest paying jobs, with the top five dominated by IT careers.

The highest paid job was IT architect at an average annual salary of $142,028.

The lowest paid were housekeepers at an average annual pay of $37,056.

Data from Seek showed that outside of IT, there was a strong demand for frontline service roles, including social workers, police and corrections officers and early childhood teachers.

January 2017 Headline News from Trade Me Jobs

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Improve your chances of finding a job 

Job seekers can improve their chances of finding work by following the latest developments on the job market and taking appropriate action:

  • relocating to an area experiencing high employment growth, such as Canterbury or Auckland
  • continuing their education or doing further training to enhance their skills
  • choosing a career with better-than-average employment prospects, such as one of those on Immigration New Zealand’s Skill Shortage Lists.


More Labour Market News and Trends

Strong employment growth is still expected in the construction & utility industries, along with the hospitality, wholesale & retail trade and business service industries. 

Growth in demand for employment in highly skilled occupations (mostly managers and professionals) will be higher than overall employment growth.

Highly skilled occupations made up 42 per cent of the overall employment share in 2015 and this is forecast to rise to 43.2 per cent by 2019.



Job Growth in New Zealand by Region

Auckland - Industry: Design & Architecture - Job: Architecture - Job Growth: 113%

Wellington - Industry: Construction - Job: Foreperson/Supervisor - Job Growth: 130%

Christchurch - Industry: Technology - Job: Testing and Quality Assurance - Job Growth: 70%

Source: SEEK Job Growth Report, published February 2016


Salary and Job Trends in 2016 - The fastest moving jobs in New Zealand by Industry  

Government & Defence - Job Growth: 245% - Average Salary $89,096 - Salary Growth: +11.6%

Banking & Financial Services - Job Growth: 130% - Average Salary $66,265 - Salary Growth: -12.2%

Design & Architecture (Urban Design & Planning) - Job Growth: 116% - Average Salary $87,414 - Salary Growth: -4.1%

Design & Architecture (Interior Design)- Job Growth: 101% - Average Salary $64,027 - Salary Growth: +8.3%

Real Estate & Property (Valuation)- Job Growth: 98% - Average Salary $101,623 - Salary Growth: +20.4%

Source: SEEK Career Advice  


The Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment, MBIE, Reports

MBIE publishes comprehensive reports, drawing on the latest data, to paint a summary of labour market trends.

If you are looking for a job in New Zealand and want to find out what your chances in the New Zealand job market are, this report will give you some valuable up-to-date insight.

The monthly report measures changes in job vacancies advertised on three internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs and the Education Gazette.


Latest Jobs Online report released in June 2016

Findings from the latest report show that, over the month to 31 May 2016:

  • Online vacancies increased by 2.4 per cent over all.
  • Vacancies increased in all industry groups. The main contributors were hospitality and tourism (up 1.9 per cent) and education and training (up 1.7 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers and operators (up 3.6 per cent), labourers (up 3.4 per cent), and technicians and trades (up 3.1 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all ten regions. The Bay of Plenty region saw the strongest growth (up 3.0 per cent).


MBIE Jobs Online Report released in February 2016:

Findings from the latest report show that, over the month to 31 January 2016:
• Online vacancies increased by 1.5 per cent over all.
• Vacancies increased in all industry groups. The largest increases were in the hospitality and tourism industry (up 1.9 percent) and information technology (up 1.4 per cent).
• Vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increases were for technical and trade workers (up 2.4 per cent), followed by clerical and administration, and machinery drivers (both up 1.7 per cent).
• Vacancies increased in all skill levels. Vacancies for low skilled jobs had the biggest increase (up 2.3 per cent), followed by semi-skilled job vacancies (up 2.1 per cent).
• Vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. Auckland vacancies grew by 1.6 per cent, and Wellington vacancies grew by 1.5 per cent. Vacancies in the Manawatu-Wanganui/Taranaki region showed no change.


The Labour Market Scorecard

The labour market scorecard is a quarterly update of key labour market statistics and indicators, published by MBIE, which provides an overall view of the state of the labour market.


Particularly strong jobs growth is expected in the Auckland and Canterbury regions and in the construction and utilities industries.

Highly skilled jobs (managers and professionals across a number of areas) will be in consistently high demand, accounting for about 50% of overall employment growth. For lower-skilled workers, most job growth is predicted in food processing, retailing, accommodation, agriculture and construction.

Unemployment lowest in South Island regions 
The regions with the lowest unemployment rates were all in the South Island:

  • Canterbury (3.4%)
  • Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast (4.2%)
  • Otago (4.2%).

The regions with the highest unemployment rates were:

  • Bay of Plenty (9.3%)
  • Northland (9%).

The industries that saw the greatest growth in employment were: 

  • Professional, scientific, technical, administrative and support industries (up 10.9%)
  • Retail trade and accommodation (up 6.0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (up 7.1%)
  • Construction (up 8.6%)
  • Manufacturing (up 6.0%).

The industries that saw the greatest declines in employment were: 

  • Public administration and safety (down 5%)
  • Wholesale trade (down 4.3%).

Canterbury rebuild lifting employment

Of the 19,000 jobs created in Canterbury in 2013, most of them were in two industry groups:

  • Construction, which created 7,400 new jobs.
  • Retail trade and accomodation and food services, which created 7,600 new jobs.

The Canterbury rebuild (following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes) is continuing to gather pace as more work moves from design and planning stages to construction.

The rebuild will likely be a major influence on national employment figures until at least 2018. Immigration New Zealand's Canterbury Skill Shortage List highlights occupations in shortage that are needed during the rebuild of Canterbury. 


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