ICT jobs in demand - Seek ads up 9.9pc

By Aimee Shaw

New Zealand's job market continued to grow with increased ads in the month of August. Photo / Getty Images
New Zealand's job market continued to grow with increased ads in the month of August. Photo / Getty Images

Job advertisements on jobs website Seek were up 9.9 per cent in the year to August.

The job growth rate was driven by an increase of jobs in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, trades and services, administration and office support and manufacturing, transport and logistics.

Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said it was encouraging to see the country's job market experience continued growth.

Top advertised jobs in August, average salaries:

"The Auckland and Wellington regions have again performed well this August, with job ads up 8.8 per cent and 10.4 per cent year on year respectively. However, the Canterbury market remains subdued post its reconstruction-driven peak in late 2014, with job ads down 7.1 per cent year on year," Faulding said.

ICT sector

The ICT sector remained the top industry advertising for workers on Seek last month, with an increase of 8 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier.

In Auckland the number of advertised ICT jobs was up 9 per cent and 5 per cent in Wellington. ICT jobs in the Canterbury region fell 6 per cent.

Seek found developers and programmers, business and system analysts, programme and project management and help desk & IT support were the most in-demand ICT jobs last month.

Trades & Services sector

In the trades and services sector the number of job ads rose 27 per cent.

Auckland experienced a 28 per cent increase with Wellington job ads up 48 per cent. Canterbury job ads decreased by 4 per cent.

The top advertised jobs in the trades and services sector were for automotive trades, electricians, labourers and building trades.

"With our expanding population through natural growth and net migration, Trades & Service roles are in high demand across New Zealand to accommodate our rising personal, residential and commercial needs," Faulding said.

Administration & Office Support

Job ads for the administration and office support industry were up 15 per cent.

Auckland job ads were up 6 per cent, up 36 per cent in Wellington and there was a 5 per cent lift in Canterbury.

With our expanding population, Trades & Service roles are in high demand across New Zealand to accommodate our rising personal, residential and commercial needs.

Faulding said it was interesting that the Administration & Office Support industry remained one of the nation's top performers.

"Our recent Seek market research uncovered that Kiwis believe administration and support-based roles would not exist in New Zealand in 10 years' time due to automation and outsourcing overseas," Faulding said.

"However, our data suggests that currently Kiwis still prefer the contact of real people in administration and office roles."

Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

Manufacturing, transport & logistics job ads were up 24 per cent.

Faulding said Seek market research revealed another interesting find.

"Labour based roles, like warehouse jobs, were also named by Kiwis as jobs they believe wouldn't exist in 10 years' time due to automation and outsourcing overseas, so it's again interesting that these roles are still in demand for this sector," Faulding said.

New Zealand's exporting culture was a likely driver of growth in this industry, she said.

- NZ Herald

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