Bay job market holding steady

By Joseph Aldridge

The Bay of Plenty job market remained steady this year with almost 6000 job opportunities listed in the 12 months to November.

The number of jobs listed on the Seek job website during the period dropped only 1 per cent on 2011.

Seek said trades and services was the industry with the greatest number of job opportunities listed in the Bay during 2012, followed by healthcare and medical, and sales.

Administration and office support was another big generator of jobs, as was manufacturing, transport and logistics.

As of yesterday afternoon, there were 32 trades and services jobs listed in the Bay (21 of which were in Tauranga), 39 jobs in healthcare and medical (16 of which were in Tauranga), and 22 jobs in sales (10 of which were in Tauranga).

The best month for job seekers in the Bay to look for work was August, with the highest number of jobs advertised on Seek during this period.

Nationally, more than 250,000 job opportunities were listed on Seek in the year to November, up 4 per cent on last year.

May was the best month to look for a new job, with a spike in the number of jobs listed and a lull in the number of job applications, Seek general manager Janet Faulding said.

"We always see higher rates of job-seeker activity in the new year as people return from their holidays, ready to set career-related resolutions in motion.

"Experience from years past, and our knowledge that 43 per cent of Kiwis are intending to get a new job in 2013, means we should see this trend repeat in the first months of next year.

"However, with site visits and applications from mobile devices on the rise, we also expect to see job-seekers keep up the job hunt remotely during the holidays."

Auckland remained the region with the greatest number of available jobs, with just under 125,000 listed throughout the year, while Wellington had the second highest number of jobs (45,000).

Canterbury was the real growth area with a 34 per cent increase in job advertisements during 2012.

"The Canterbury region continues to bounce back," Ms Faulding said.

"The number of jobs related to the rebuild of the city has seen incredible growth this year, with the strongest sectors in the region being construction, design and architecture, and engineering."

"Kiwis looking for work should consider Canterbury as a hub of opportunity during this unique time in the New Zealand labour market."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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