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The job market improved marginally during 2013, with more than a quarter of a million positions advertised, according to data from jobs website SEEK, reports stuff.co.nz. Compared with 2012, the number of jobs advertised increased by more than 1,000 jobs, or roughly +0.4%.
Janet Faulding, General Manager of SEEK New Zealand, said the year had ended on a good note: "With the unemployment rate set to decline, the foundation has been set for a positive 2014. Competition will be fierce to attract top talent in the year ahead."
According to SEEK, the best month for securing a new position last year was May, with almost 24,000 job opportunities, while the quietest hiring month was December. While several industries grew, the biggest increase was in design and architecture, which rose by +59% throughout the year.
Ms Faulding attributed the trend to the growing property market in both the residential and commercial sectors, with real estate jobs also on the rise.
IT workers were also in high demand, with almost 40,000 jobs advertised over the year. They were followed by trades and services personnel, with just over 20,000, and admin and office support roles, at 18,000.
The country's biggest city, Auckland, had the most opportunities with more than 125,000 jobs advertised. That was roughly three times as many positions as Wellington (43,000) and Christchurch (38,000). In Christchurch, design and architecture positions surged +73% while consulting and strategy jobs increased by +51%. Trades and service jobs were the most readily available, with more than 5,000 positions advertised.
"The job market in Christchurch continues to grow and is attributed to the consistent demand for staff with varying skills and experience that can support the rebuild," Ms Faulding concluded.