BusinessDesk report by Hannah Lynch
Job advertisements on Trade Me’s online auction website rose in the third quarter, underpinned by continued demand for construction workers for the Christchurch rebuild. The number of job advertisements rose 12.3 percent in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to a year earlier, the online auction site controlled by Fairfax said in a statement.
Auckland “provided some cause for concern” up only 2.7 percent, said Trade Me’s head of jobs Peter Ashby. “The City of Sales has typically been the employment engine room – this time last year the country was in the midst of a RWC-inspired tourism and hospitality boom, so this has certainly weighed on employment numbers in this market,” he said.
“The Canterbury rebuild continues to underpin this growth, with listings up 43.7 per cent. Early stage planning for jobs continued to increase but we’ve seen a real swing to more coal-faced rebuilding roles.”
In the Canterbury region demand for construction project managers increased by 88 percent, while supervisor roles surged 356 percent.
Across New Zealand the top three sectors for listings growth were construction and architecture up 94 percent, healthcare gaining 49.9 percent, led by an 81 percent boost in nurses and midwives and agriculture, fisheries and forestry rising 36.7 percent.
The lid on Wellington’s public sector continues to slide listing down 2.5 percent on a year ago. The capital was the only region to record a decrease.
The highest paid full-time jobs were IT Architects on $135,859, IT project management on $125,758 and doctors and specialists on $114,125.
Kitchen workers were the lowest paid on $31,957, bar staff and baristas on $33,193 and caregivers on $33,824.
Shares in Trade Me are unchanged on $4.09.