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Top jobs on SEEK for 2016

Top jobs on SEEK for 2016

New Zealand’s highest advertising industry on SEEK for 2016 was Information & Communications Technology [ICT].

However, despite New Zealand’s need to stay digitally connected and develop new technology, SEEK NZ General Manager, Janet Faulding, said there is still strong demand for frontline service roles in our labour market.

“When we analysed our SEEK data to identify New Zealand’s top jobs outside of the ICT industry, based on the largest job ad volumes and growth over the past 12 months, professionals in frontline service roles, such as Social Workers and Police & Corrections Officers topped the list, along with Early Childhood Teachers,” Faulding revealed.

Beyond ICT, top jobs on SEEK for 2016 were:

Social Workers [Child, Youth & Family]

Police & Corrections Officers

Early Childhood Teachers

Faulding said New Zealand’s growing population can be credited for helping fuel growth across the top jobs on SEEK for 2016.

“We don’t expect demand on SEEK to slow any time soon across these top jobs of 2016, as our population grows so will our need for professionals in frontline services and early childhood education,” Faulding said.

Social Workers [Child, Youth & Family]

Across the country, demand for Social Workers [Child, Youth & Family] increased 74.02 per cent year on year [2016 v 2015].

The FY16 average advertised salary on SEEK for Social Workers was:

Social Workers - $ 51,961

“It’s not surprising our SEEK data revealed Social Workers as a top job. With our increased population due to natural birth rates and migration, this puts increased pressure on social services,” Faulding said.

Police & Corrections Officers

Job ads on SEEK for Police & Corrections Officers have nationally increased 163.1 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015].

The FY16 average advertised salary on SEEK for Police & Corrections Officers was:

Police & Corrections Officers - $64,872

“Police & Corrections Officers are vital roles within our community, which has been reflected through strong job ad growth and demand on SEEK. It will be interesting to watch if the growth we’ve seen in this industry is enough to support our communities for the next 12 months, or if they’ll be looking to hire more people,” Faulding said.

Early Childhood Teachers

Nationally, jobs for Early Childhood Teachers on SEEK increased 76.7 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015].

The FY16 average advertised salary on SEEK for Early Childhood Teachers was:

Early Childhood Teacher - $ 58,711

“Early Childhood Teachers are essential for educating our youth during their formative years. We predict there will be on-going strong job ad growth on SEEK for these professionals as our nation continues to grow and we see more guardians returning to work and requiring care for their children during working hours,” Faulding said.


There were 9.3 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK this November than 12 months ago, with mixed results across the regions.

“Job ads on SEEK for Auckland, New Zealand’s largest labour market, have been firm and steady this November, up 11 per cent y/y [November 2016 v November 2015].

“Driving this ad uplift are Auckland’s top advertising industries, which are Information & Communications Technology [up 6 per cent y/y], Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics [up 21 per cent y/y] and Accounting [up 8 per cent y/y],” Faulding said.

“In Wellington, advertising on SEEK was up 3.1 per cent this November, when compared to the same period last year. ICT remained our capital’s top advertising industry on SEEK this November,” she added.

Canterbury was News Zealand’s weakest major labour market this November, with advertising down 5.7 per cent y/y. The largest advertising industries for the Canterbury region were Trades & Services, Construction and Engineering.


At a national level, there has been a y/y increase of 2.5 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this November. This points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a regional level.

It was a hirer’s market in Canterbury this November when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there was 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.

“It’s important for job seekers in a hirer’s market, to have an up-to-date SEEK Profile to help them get noticed by prospective employers because they’re applying for jobs in a highly competitive market,” Faulding said.

“In Auckland and Wellington this November, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Faulding continued.

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