Jobs growth set to continue across all regions
Jobs growth set to continue across all regions of New Zealand: Hays Quarterly Hotspots
Management Accountants, Architectural Designers, Quantity Surveyors and Customer Service Representatives are just four of the professionals sought by employers as the New Zealand economy continues to create new jobs, says recruiting experts Hays.
Nationwide job numbers have been rising for the last 18 months with more people seeking work and successfully finding jobs across the country.
According to the recruiter’s latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots list of skills in demand for the April to June quarter, the jobs growth is being led by professional, technical and administration workers.
Significantly, it’s not only the rebuild in Christchurch that is generating new employment opportunities in New Zealand; jobs growth is gathering pace across all regions of the country.
“Over the past two weeks over 300 companies have attended recruitment events we’ve held across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch,” said Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand. “All companies shared a similar positive outlook for employment in New Zealand regardless of location.
“This shows that the growth in employment is no longer just centred on Christchurch - while the unemployment rate for Canterbury has plunged to its lowest level in six years, we are also seeing healthy jobs growth in Auckland and Wellington.”
One such area of growth exists in the accountancy and finance sector. According to Jason, “Employers are evaluating their accountancy and finance operations and adding resources to ensure they continue to produce accurate and timely information as well as insight into their operations.
“For example, architectural work is increasing in New Zealand, particularly in Christchurch and Auckland, and it is currently a candidate’s market. Quite often employers will create a position for a good intermediate or senior candidate who can use the right software and has local experience. In the construction sector we are seeing particular demand for experienced and intermediate Quantity Surveyors.
“There is also currently a good mix of both temporary and permanent roles in the office support market and this is due to new roles being created. Employers are willing to see good candidates as they are often overloaded with work,” says Jason.
A selection of skills in demand across New Zealand from the Hays Quarterly Hotspots for April to June 2014 follows:
Assistant Accountants – Employers are
looking for Assistant Accountants with the skills and
experience to work in a large company as part of a big team
and meet the demands of complex business models. As a
result, skilled candidates with salary expectations of
around $55-65,000 per annum are highly sought after.
Management Accountants – Given the rebuild in
Christchurch there is an increased focus on forward-looking
accounting functions such as budgeting and forecasting, as
well as scenario planning and modelling. Management
Accountants are consequently in high demand.
- Business Advisory Services – Business activity is
increasing in the corporate sector and these professionals
are therefore in high demand. Qualified Chartered
Accountants from CA firms are highly valued for the training
and technical knowledge gained within a firm.
Auditors – Changing legislations has resulted in a
reduced number of firms that are prepared to conduct audits.
This has led to a shortage of experienced candidates.
Architectural Technicians – These professionals are
needed to produce consent proof documentation and working
drawings for construction. Companies require candidates who
are highly technical and possess construction knowledge.
Architectural Designers – These Architects design and
shape the future buildings of the city and need to be able
to take a brief from a client and put it into a computer for
a 3D visualization of the building. They are needed for the
rebuild and to help companies move forward with their
Registered Architects – Registered
Architects can sign off any type of work and with a lot of
practices opening up satellite offices in New Zealand,
Registered Architects are needed to take the lead and run
Quantity Surveyors – Experienced Quantity
Surveyors at all levels are required as there is a shortage
in the area. Demand for candidates with commercial main
contractor experience is strong as market confidence returns
Estimators – There is an acute
shortage of people with pure estimating experience in New
Zealand, and it is difficult to employ offshore applicants
due to their lack of local knowledge.
Managers – The number of medium to large projects is
increasing demand for these professionals. Candidates with
strong commercial experience will see demand for their
skills increase further due to improved confidence in
Customer Service Representatives –
Recruitment drives are either underway or are being planned
for customer service candidates with a solid work history
and industry-specific experience. But despite high demand,
there is a shortage of suitable candidates.
– Telesales candidates with a proven sales track record
are highly sought after. These candidates are sought in
response to increased customer choice resulting from a
growing number of products. The market has become incredibly
competitive for these candidates, and good Telesales
professionals are in very high demand.
– A new financial year looms which will give companies an
opportunity to fill vital gaps in their Line Mechanic crews
up and down the country. Since vacancies have not been
filled in recent months due to budget constraints, demand
will increase for these professionals once new budgets are
HV Electrical Fitters – The new upgrades
and new build substations across the network in transmission
and distribution means there is currently a great need for
HV Electrical Fitters, particularly in Christchurch.
Structural Engineers – The market continues to require
Structural Design Engineers with some experience. A New
Zealand qualification is still preferred based on local
design codes. There is a high level of current new build,
building upgrade and strengthening work as well as a backlog
of project work.
Building Services Engineers –
Mechanical & Electrical Design for building services
continues to be a key focus of recruitment. This is based
mainly on fit-out and refurbishment projects in the capital.
As a result, Mechanical Design and Electrical Design
Engineers with intermediate to senior level experience are
needed for building services projects.
Engineers – The market still requires Civil Engineers with
land development and infrastructure project experience to
manage design and project management of sub division,
council and private land owners.
Analysts – These professionals are particularly in demand
within the government sector as departments are using up
their business planning budgets before they expire at the
end of the financial year, ready for new projects to be
implemented in July.
Systems Engineers – These
Engineers are in demand due to a shortage of people with
relevant certifications and a requirement from employers to
recruit certified candidates.
Life & Health
Underwriters – These insurance professionals are in demand
in Auckland and Wellington due to the need to replace
departing staff, with an occasional newly created role
Claims - F&G – There are still
some fixed term contracts on offer due to the Christchurch
earthquake and these roles are based in Christchurch and
Customer Service professionals – Demand
exists for these professionals, especially in the
telecommunications industry, due to increased competition
and growth of the sector within Christchurch.
Intermediate Property and Facilities Managers – The
demand for Property and Facilities Managers comes from a
general upswing in business. Junior and intermediate
Managers are sought after due to cost pressures faced by
Sales & Leasing Executives – Demand for
these executives closely follows the general property
market. A number of organisations are predicting conditions
to further improve later in the year so are resourcing staff
Business Development Managers – New
Zealand’s economy is predicted to grow and businesses are
looking for sales staff who can capitalise on new
opportunities and win new business. Those with proven
success in hitting targets are in short supply.
Territory Managers – Candidates are less willing to
travel long distances and do not want to cover large
territories. Thus candidates who can commit to such a large
geographical responsibility are in high demand.
Construction Trades: Carpenters, Brick & Block Layers,
Scaffolders (Advanced), Plasterers – As the demand for
re-build workers increases, civil construction professionals
are increasingly hard to source across the board.
Plumbers – With an increase in both commercial and
residential projects, we are experiencing high demand for
plumbers. Even overseas qualified plumbers with two to three
years’ experience are in demand.
For the full list of skills in demand, please view our Hays Quarterly Hotspots.
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