Job ads increase in 3Q, Trade Me listings show

(BusinessDesk) Job advertisements on Trade Me's, online auction website, rose in the third quarter, underpinned by continued demand for construction project managers and supervisors in the Christchurch rebuild.

The number of job advertisements rose 12.3% in the three months ended September 30, compared to a year earlier, the online auction site controlled by Fairfax says. The increase was led by a 43.7% rise in Canterbury listings.

"The Canterbury rebuild continues to underpin this growth," head of Trade Me jobs Pete Ashby says. "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%, while supervisor roles surged 356%.

Across New Zealand, the top three sectors for listings growth were construction and architecture, up 94%, healthcare gaining 49.9%, led by an 81% boost in nurses and midwives, and agriculture, fisheries and forestry rising 36.7%.

In the regions, Auckland, up 2.7%, "provided some cause for concern", Mr Ashby says.

"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." 

The lid on Wellington's public sector continues to slide listing down 2.5% 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.

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The number of jobs does not speak to the quality of jobs on offer. NZ has become a satellite economy with an ever decreasing number of head offices. Worse still, watching people begging on Lampton Quay at lunch time speaks volumes here... this sort of nonsense should not be happening in New Zealand.

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