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New Zealand – Skilled work opportunities flowing

26 August 2013

Skilled Kiwis on the hunt for a new job are in luck, according to fresh figures showing the employment market is booming.

Government statistics put New Zealand job vacancies up by +13.2% in the past year compared with the previous 12 months. This includes a +9.4% boost in the number of skilled positions advertised.

Hospitality and tourism had the strongest skilled jobs growth, up +26.6% across the period to the end of July, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's latest Jobs Online report states.

Auckland led the growth boom, with a +12% jump, followed closely by the South Island excluding Canterbury, with +11.5%. Canterbury increased +9.2%.

The Ministry's Manager of Labour Market and Business Performance, David Paterson, said the trend in vacancies had been rising over the last six months 'reflecting strong employment growth'.

On a month-by-month basis, the number of advertised skilled jobs jumped by +7.5% in July compared with June.

The construction and engineering industry had the largest monthly increase, up +10%, followed by the accounting, HR, legal and administration industries, up +7.1%, and IT, up +6.1%.

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