Good news for job hunters and those seeking a change of job. The number of job listings on the Trade Me Jobs site has increased by 21% year-on-year.
The website had 50,000 roles listed in the first quarter of 2014. The growth in jobs is in all major locations in New Zealand.
Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury are seeing positive growth, says Peter Osborne, head of Trade Me Jobs.
â€œWith more roles being advertised, Kiwis hunting that dream job are looking well-placed to consider their next career move.
Trade Me analysisÂ is in line with similar report from Westpac McDermott Miller (PDF file) which found that employment confidence is at an all-time high since the recession.
“The New Zealand job market is looking very rosy.â€
Highest salary jobs are in Auckland
The Auckland region remains the powerhouse of the national job market, said Mr Osborne. â€œThe City of Sails saw a 20% boost in job listings when compared to the same period last year, with central Auckland and Manukau experiencing significant jumps in year-on-year growth.â€
For the first time, average salary in Auckland is higher than Wellington. In fact, those working in central Auckland could expect the highest average pay of the country, taking home an average annual salary of $72,302. This was ahead of previous leader central Wellington ($70,234), and New Plymouth (61,143).
Canterbury job listings were up 24% on the same time last year, with Christchurch cityâ€™s available roles also ticking up 24%. â€œItâ€™s been a long process, but the rebuilding efforts in the area are still the primary motivators for activity in the employment market,â€ says Peter.
IT guys highest paid in New Zealand
â€œThe need for skilled IT workers is reflected in the sectorâ€™s dominance of average pay packets,â€ Mr Osborne said. â€œFour of the top five are filled by IT architects, IT sales, IT project managers and IT managers, all taking home an average pay packet between $128,000 and $134,000 a year.â€
Sectors seeing increased listings this quarter when compared to the same period last year included IT sales (up 166%), journalism (up 156%) and retail department manager roles (up 131%).
Peter says there was plenty of opportunity for employers too with recent research commissioned by Trade Me Jobs finding that 45% of employees were willing to relocate for a new job. â€œEmployers should be confident there are plenty of potential candidates willing to consider the right role even if theyâ€™re not on the doorstep.â€
More than half of employees (62%) cited better pay as their primary motivation for considering moving to a new location, but other factors included being made redundant, career development and a desire to relocate. â€œWith the surge in job listings, now is a good time for anyone contemplating that next great role to put their thinking into action.â€
Peter says Wellington was recently revealed as the most desirable New Zealand destination to head to for a new job. â€œWe saw 18% of respondents choose the capital, while the Bay of Plenty was next with 14% of the vote,â€ he said. â€œThe job market in Wellington is in good shape for new arrivals, with a 26% tick up in advertised roles on a year ago.â€
Surprise down south
â€œWe saw a huge lift in advertised roles in Southland, with a 41% increase,â€ he said. â€œWe saw good growth in agriculture, trades, and healthcare. Jobs out on the pasture arenâ€™t in short supply either, with advertised roles for farming up 113%.â€
The number of roles advertised in the Taranaki region also lifted significantly, up 16% on a year ago.
Mortgage forcing employees to look for greener pastures
â€œAs mortgage rates rise, so too does the desire for a better pay check at the end of the week. With perceptions of job opportunities markedly improving, and recent signs that firms are looking to step up their hiring efforts, itâ€™s becoming a job hunterâ€™s market.
“High salaries in IT are great for people working in those sectors, but research has also shown they are among the least likely of professions to move roles. Combined with a real skills shortage, this can only mean that IT professionals will continue to dominate the high salaried roles in the foreseeable future and in contrast to many other sectors the industry will find it increasingly difficult to land good, experienced IT staff.â€