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Hiring outlook strong in Auckland, weak in Christchurch


Survey finds more employers are considering taking on staff.

Chris Hutching for NBR NZ Property Investor
Wed, 12 Jun 2013

More employers are considering taking on staff, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The results suggest that the increase in hiring intentions will continue into the third quarter of this year.

Survey respondents report a Net Employment Outlook of 22%, which is up 2% from the March quarter and 5% stronger year on year.

The quarterly forecast measures hiring intentions of more than 650 employers.

It found 28% per cent plan to to employ more staff in the third quarter, with 7% planning to decrease hiring, while 64% say they will make no changes.

Prospects for job seekers are brightest in the transportation and utilities sector, and the finance, insurance and real estate sectors.

But different regions may fare differently.

Auckland and Wellington employers report strongest hiring intentions but the outlook of employers in Christchurch has fallen 11% to a Net Employment Outlook of 18%.

“New Zealand is really a two-horse race at the moment. In Auckland, the unitary plan is starting to take shape and there has been a rezoning of areas to residential and planned infrastructure development,” Lincoln Crawley, managing director Manpower Group Australia and New Zealand says.

“In Christchurch, the roads and infrastructure rebuilding is now in place. The drop we observe in the Christchurch forecast is a reflection of this adjustment.”

Mr Crawley says a 5.5% unemployment rate by March 2015 is looking achievable.

Chris Hutching for NBR NZ Property Investor
Wed, 12 Jun 2013
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