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Demand for white-collar workers soars

Demand for white-collar workers in Christchurch is booming, according to Seek, New Zealand's biggest job website.

The four fastest-growing advertised job categories in the Canterbury region were for white-collar employees.

Seek’s April statistics show the number of banking and financial services jobs advertised in Canterbury grew 280% year-on-year, for marketing and communications by 189%, legal jobs by 183% and insurance and superannuation adverts by 171%.

Construction was the region's fifth fastest-growing industry, up 165% on a year ago, and accounting, another white-collar industry, rose 62%.

Overall, 29% more jobs were advertised in Canterbury than in April last year.

Seek had ads for more than 2500 jobs in the region on Wednesday.

There were 19 banking and financial positions advertised, 31 for marketing and communications, 40 legal jobs, 227 in construction and 178 in accounting.

Seek trade marketing and public relations manager Sarah Wesley told NBR ONLINE it was promising that the number of white-collar jobs advertised was growing rapidly because it indicated businesses were getting back on their feet.

Ms Wesley says increasing demand for services would also boost growth.

“Some of those firms would have been small but they will be getting a lot more projects. The strength and size of local companies is growing to meet the demand.” 

There is an opportunity for ambitious people who want to further their careers in Christchurch, she says.

The top five sectors measured by the number of jobs advertised in April were trades and services, information and communication technology, engineering, administration and office support, and manufacturing, transport and logistics.

Nationwide, adverts fell 4% compared to last April, but that was a seasonal trend caused by public holiday disruption, Ms Wesley says.  

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Comments and questions

Too bad none of the jobs create any real value in the economy. Read Jared Diamond's Collapse and see how financial and insurance companies have resulted in the downfall of nations since the 1600's.