Kim Fulton is a NZME. News Service regional reporter

Trade Me job listings up more than 20pc

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Trade Me figures showed more females than males applied for Trade Me jobs with salaries below $60,000 in Northland last quarter. Females also made up 58 per cent of applicants for jobs that paid less than $39,999.
Trade Me figures showed more females than males applied for Trade Me jobs with salaries below $60,000 in Northland last quarter. Females also made up 58 per cent of applicants for jobs that paid less than $39,999.

Northland job listings rose more than 20 per cent last quarter, according to Trade Me.

Total job listings were up 21.4 per cent on the same time last year in the April to June quarter and salaries were up 6.2 per cent, figures show.

Direction Recruitment manager Paula Kalkhoven said the company was busy over the second quarter and salaries were high.

Positions on offer included personal assistants, industrial workers, store managers, branch managers and jobs in administration and accounts.

Trade Me figures showed more females than males applied for Trade Me jobs with salaries below $60,000 in Northland last quarter. Females made up 58 per cent of applicants for jobs that paid less than $39,999 and 53 per cent of applications for jobs in the $40,000 to $59,000 band.

More males than females applied for jobs above the $60,000 salary mark. Males made 58 per cent of applications for jobs in the $60,000 to $79,000 range and 55 per cent of applications for jobs that paid $80,000 to $99,000.

Ms Kalkhoven said males and females were applying for highly paid positions requiring qualifications.

Nationwide, men dominated applications in the executive and general management sector while women were more likely to apply for roles in the legal sector by two to one, according to Trade Me.

Trade Me Jobs spokesman Jeremy Wade said he was surprised at the imbalance for some job types.

"We looked at all the applications from our members over the past three months and in sectors like engineering and IT, more than 80 per cent of the applications are from men.

"Public sector roles and banking and finance were evenly split between male and female applicants while more than 70 per cent of applications for roles in education and office administration are from women."

Mr Wade said everybody was responsible for ensuring workplace equality and diversity.

"We need to have this conversation and think about what we're doing that might be inhibiting people from getting into industries and roles where they can do great work."

Mr Wade said the proportion of men applying for roles was higher for every bracket above $40,000, and the proportion of women applying diminished as pay rates increased.

He said job listings were up 9.3 per cent in the second quarter, and the average salary up 0.5 per cent.

- Northern Advocate

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