Trade Me listings for Whanganui jobs are down more than 12 per cent, but one recruiter remains optimistic about the job market.

Listings for Whanganui jobs were down 12.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2015 compared to the same time the previous year, according to Trade Me.

Applications per job were down 5.4 per cent.

On Call Central owner Graeme Musson said current vacancies included jobs for electricians, a drainlayer and an on-call postie.

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There were a myriad of different jobs available but not a lot of general labouring roles, he said. A lot of women in the area wanted secretarial, office and reception positions. However, those jobs were lacking.

"It's a bit of a hit-and-miss at the moment."

Mr Musson was, however, optimistic about the job market.

"It's just a matter of getting the right person to match up to the criteria that the company wants."

He said no school leavers had been inquiring about work. He thought some would have moved on to university but others on benefits would be in within the next few weeks.

Mr Musson said the job market was usually fairly steady in Whanganui.