Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Jobs boon for NZ’s highly-skilled workers

Jobs boon for NZ’s highly-skilled workers

IT, construction, engineering and marketing professionals remain in high demand but short supply in response to labour market growth, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report, covering October to December 2017, and released today.

“The labour market remains tight, despite record population growth resulting from immigration,” says Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand. “We’re seeing more employers recruiting, but the number of people applying for each vacancy is falling.”

This is supported by the rise in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) All Vacancies Index, which over the year to August 2017 increased by 10.0 per cent.

“Recent figures show that a surge in dairy exports and tourism are boosting New Zealand’s economic growth, and the MBIE has forecast employment growth of 1.9 per cent annually over the next 10 years. Add rapid technological change across almost all sectors and industries, and the jobs market for highly-skilled professionals will remain tight over the next few years,” he said.

According to the Hays Quarterly Report, the following professionals are needed:

Agribusiness/Farm Accountants remain in demand with employers now willing to see candidates who have a lighter level of experience
Intermediate Accountants: Required by accounting firms since staff at this level continue to move into the commercial sector or head overseas;
Senior Accountants: Those with true advisory skills who can partner with a client in a proactive and innovative manner while also possessing strong technical skills are rare;
Forepersons, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors: Large-scale commercial project experience is required, as is seismic strengthening experience;
Telesales specialists: Successful sales specialists require a very specific skillset and must be KPI driven, self-motivated and resilient;
Inbound Sales Consultants: Slightly softer sales roles that require people who can retain customers and convert a sale over the phone;
Structural Engineers: A huge amount of work is underway, particularly aged care, education and seismic projects, requiring intermediate to senior professionals;
Transport Engineers and Planners: Sought as infrastructure is upgraded and expanded;
Geotechnical Engineers: The increase in roads, highways and new development projects is fuelling demand;
Project Managers: Candidates must have NZ consultancy experience;
Development Managers: Those with local subdivision and land development experience are needed;
Learning & Development Advisors: Required due to changes in LMS software;
Cloud Engineers and Architects: Employers seek these skills to support their migration to the cloud;
Security Professionals: Increasingly sought as organisations bring this function in house;
Agile Project Managers: In demand to project manage digital transformations;
Commercial Solicitors/Lawyers: Good candidates have measurable experience and are keen to develop;
Solicitors: Those with four and six years PQE in immigration, commercial, building and construction are in short supply;
Customer Analytics experts: Agencies are installing sophisticated data science and analytics solutions;
Personal Assistants: Those with experience in professional service companies are needed;
Executive Assistants: Experience supporting multiple executives up to board level is in short supply;
Facilities Managers: In increasing demand, particularly those with body corporate exposure;
Property Managers: Employers require local knowledge and the ability to manage CAPEX spend and run new development projects;
Business Development Managers: People with large multinational or FMCG experience are sought.
Machine Operators: Excavators, Diggers and Drivers with the appropriate qualification are required due to the amount of land development and subdivision work underway;
Carpenters: Both qualified and non-qualified candidates are in demand for residential and commercial building work.
For more on the skills in demand, please see the Hays Quarterly Report at www.hays.net.nz/report
Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.
- Ends -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Stats NZ: Consents For New Homes At All-Time High

A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021, Stats NZ said today. The previous record for the annual number of new homes consented was 40,025 in the year ended February 1974. “Within 10 years the number of new homes ... More>>

Stats NZ: Unemployment Declines As Underutilisation Rises

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.7 percent in the March 2021 quarter, continuing to fall from its recent peak of 5.2 percent in the September 2020 quarter but remaining high compared with recent years, Stats NZ said today. ... More>>

ALSO:

Digitl: The Story Behind Vodafone’s FibreX Court Ruling

Vodafone’s FibreX service was in the news this week. What is the story behind the Fair Trading Act court case? More>>

Reserve Bank: Concerned About New Zealand's Rising House Prices

New Zealand house prices have risen significantly in the past 12 months. This has raised concerns at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Putea Matua about the risk this poses to financial stability. Central banks responded swiftly to the global ... More>>

Westpac: Announces Strong Financial Result

Westpac New Zealand (Westpac NZ) [i] says a strong half-year financial result has been driven by better than expected economic conditions. Chief Executive David McLean said while the global COVID-19 pandemic was far from over, the financial effect on ... More>>

MYOB: SME Confidence In Economic Performance Still Cautious

New insights from the annual MYOB Business Monitor have shown the SME sector is still cautious about the potential for further economic recovery, with two-in-five (41%) expecting the New Zealand economy to decline this year. The latest research ... More>>