Employers have trouble finding right people in surging market
Employers are having trouble filling positions in Wairarapa, particularly trade roles.
According to the latest Trade Me statistics, the number of jobs advertised on the site in Wellington - including the Wairarapa - from October to December 2014, grew by 7.6 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2013.
Horne Logging owner Bernard Horne said he for one had found it difficult to get staff.
"In the forestry industry, there is a huge shortfall of skilled workers so it has been hard to get positions filled. There are also so many jobs out there so employees have lots of options," he said.
"[The lack of skilled workers] is a situation I can't really see improving any time soon. The industry had a really bad year about two years ago with deaths so we have had to tighten everything up and that included increasing the skill level needed by potential employees."
The New Zealand employment market closed on a high in 2014 with double-digit growth in the last three months.
The number of jobs advertised on Trade Me in the October to December 2014 quarter was up by almost 14 per cent over the same period in 2013.
The Bay of Plenty recorded the biggest increase, up 26.3 per cent on 2013. Other regions with solid growth were Canterbury (13.4 per cent), Manawatu/Wanganui (13.6 per cent) and the Waikato (13.9 per cent).
Head of Trade Me Jobs Peter Osborne said the job market in New Zealand was "surging".
"Looking back over the whole of 2014, it's been a bumper year. Industrial sectors like automotive, construction, manufacturing, operations and the trades are all surging, and we've seen a lot more job opportunities created," he said.
"With New Zealand being in good economic health, retail jobs were also up, and these factors have collectively helped to create a very buoyant job market."
Further growth in industrial roles was expected for 2015, Mr Osborne said.
"With Auckland and Christchurch focused on infrastructure and housing requirements, we will likely see more growth in trade and services, construction and architecture, and transport and logistics in 2015," he said.
"Other parts of the country also continue to show signs of a very strong job market and these are likely to continue for the foreseeable future. We expect to see the double-digit growth in job advertising to continue well into 2015."
Executive and general management roles increased by 83.8 per cent followed by construction and architecture positions with an increase of 38 per cent on the fourth quarter in 2013.
The transport and logistics sector grew 22.1 per cent nationally, manufacturing and operations by 17.6 per cent and trades and services by 15.9 per cent.
In the lead-up to Christmas, retail jobs also grew by 15.2 per cent year-on-year.
Highest paid per annum jobs advertised on Trade Me
- Architectural $150,386
- Project management $124,360
- IT management $123,179
- IT data warehousing & business intelligence $118,901
Lowest paid jobs advertised on Trade Me
- Caregiving $37,445
- Housekeeping $37,588
- Reception & front desk $37,864