Latest data reveals recruitment sore spots

Figures released today show certain sectors remain hard-to-fill, frustrating HR professionals across the country.

Latest data reveals recruitment sore spots
Data released today has revealed New Zealand’s recruitment sore spots, identifying the areas which remain frustratingly hard-to-fill for HR professionals.

According to figures from leading recruitment site SEEK, ICT was the top advertising industry across New Zealand, followed by trades & services then administration & office support.

“The most in-demand skills on SEEK for the ICT industry at present are developers/programmers, business/systems analysts, programme & project management and help desk & IT support,” revealed general manager Janet Faulding.

“NZ companies are now tapping into the overseas markets to grow their businesses, plus investing in new technology and infrastructure to be competitive, and consequently they require ICT talent to help them thrive,” she explained.

In contrast, Faulding said demand had cooled for team leaders, hardware engineers, technical writers and computer operators.

The online recruitment giant confirmed that 4.8 per cent more jobs were advertised on the site this July compared to 12 months ago with Auckland and Wellington job ads up by 5.4 per cent and 4.5 per cent respectively.

Nationally, the employment index points to favourable conditions for job seekers as they face less competition for more positions. However, the same can’t be said for Canterbury, which resolutely remains a hirer’s market.

Job ads are down 12.6 per cent year on year and for each role advertised in the region, there is a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“The Canterbury labour market has been subdued since March 2015, almost 18 months,” said Faulding. “The job market in this region was supported by the earthquake rebuild, however with that slowing we’ve seen low year on year job ad volumes.”

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