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Job market favours employers

14th August 2012

Job market favours employers

The country’s labour market has shifted in favour of employers this month, with applications for advertised roles growing at a faster rate than new job ads on New Zealand’s largest job site, SEEK.

The SEEK Employment Index (SEI), which measures the ratio of new job ads listed on to applications received for those roles, declined 4.1% in July. This was driven by a combination of higher job application rates and a decrease in the SEEK New Job Ad Index. Janet Faulding, General Manager SEEK New Zealand explains;

“The fall in the SEI indicates that the job market is becoming more competitive for candidates with applications for advertised roles in New Zealand growing at a faster rate than the number of roles available,” she says.

“In the current market, jobseekers need to put their best foot forward and separate themselves from the pack to stand out. We’ve developed a suite of tips and tools – everything from how to write a CV, to acing a job interview – to really help Kiwi jobseekers at all stages of the job hunt, all of which can be accessed at”

Regardless of whether the SEI is up or down, there are always opportunities for people with the right experience and skills. Likewise, there are always industries that perform better than others in terms of numbers of available jobs. The following are the fastest growing roles in the market this month, meaning opportunities for jobseekers in these areas are on the rise.

Fastest growing jobs on SEEK (July 2012)

1. Healthcare salespeople, 90%
3. Auditors, 80%
5. Manufacturing supervisors, 60%
7. Call centre managers, 59%
9. Writers and journalists, 53%
The strength of certain sectors in New Zealand means there are always some industries on SEEK with a higher number of jobs advertised. The following roles currently have the highest number of advertised positions on

Highest number of advertised roles on SEEK (August 2012)

1. IT programmers
3. Sales representatives
5. IT systems analysts
7. Administration assistants
9. Accountants


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