More jobs a sign of confidence returning

Jobs that were the first to go when the global financial crisis hit are being reintroduced is a sure sign of business confidence returning, the Chamber of Commerce says.

The recent release of Trade Me's quarterly jobs' report is good news for IT staff but bad news for baristas and kitchen staff.

"We're definitely noting a mild increase [in listed jobs]," Tauranga Chamber of Commerce chief executive Max Mason said.

The average salary for a Bay job listed on Trade Me last quarter was $54,127.

One sector that had experienced a recent surge was building and construction design consultants doing work for Christchurch and Auckland, Mr Mason said.

"It's interesting that the local regional offices are benefiting from the Auckland and Christchurch increase in construction."

Administration staff were also in demand, thanks to a Chamber programme that assisted people back into the workforce, Mr Mason said.

"One of the first casualties of the global financial crisis was admin roles."

Head of Trade Me Jobs, Pete Ashby, said underlying confidence was surprisingly strong. "We've seen the market rebound to double-digit growth. The Canterbury rebuilding efforts continue to underpin this growth, but most segments appear in good heart."

The national job market was robust with advertised vacancies up 12.3 per cent on the same time last year and up 10.1 per cent on the previous quarter, according to an analysis of 46,000 roles on Trade Me Jobs during the past three months.

However, Council of Trade Unions policy director Bill Rosenberg said an increase in the number of vacancies advertised online did not necessarily correlate to more jobs.

"Employment has been increasing, but unemployment also has been increasing.

"There's certainly not enough jobs being created for the people who want them and to cater for the growing workforce."

Mr Ashby said the Christchurch rebuild had continued to gain momentum. However, there was cause for concern in Auckland, Mr Ashby said.

Overall, the top three growth sectors compared to last year were construction and architecture - up 94 per cent, healthcare - up 49.9 per cent, and agriculture, fisheries and forestry - up 36.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, HR and recruitment listings had dipped 24 per cent, he said.

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) will hold a summit this Friday bringing together businesses, unions, economists and political parties to propose practical steps for the Government to stem job losses. It follows a string of high-profile redundancy announcements and the so-called "trades' drain" to Australia.

"No one who has seen the mass redundancies of recent months or the numbers of Kiwis heading to Australia can be unaware of the deepening jobs' crisis in this country and the need for a new approach," EPMU national secretary Bill Newson said.

He said that since 2008 nearly 40,000 manufacturing jobs had been lost to the economy.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce denied claims there were not enough jobs, saying there had been a net increase of 57,000 jobs in the past two years.

By the numbers

Average pay rates for Tauranga jobs listed on Trade Me - $54,127.

Highest paid region

  • Wellington City - $75,290.

Lowest -paid region

  • Mackenzie - $40,039.

Highest paying jobs:

  • Four of the top five spots went to specialised IT staff - $114,125 to $135,859.

  • Doctors and specialists came in at number four - average wage $114,874.

Lowest paying jobs:

  • Kitchen staff - $31,957.

  • Bar staff and baristas - $33,193.

  • Caregivers - $33,824.

  • Receptionist/front desk - $34,422.

  • Retail assistant - $34,429.

- Source: Trade Me


- Bay of Plenty Times

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