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Job ads rise in 3Q, Trade Me listings show

Friday 5th October 2012

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Job advertisements on Trade Me's, online auction website, rose in the third quarter, underpinned by continued demand for construction project managers and supervisors in the Christchurch rebuild.

The number of job advertisements rose 12.3 percent in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to a year earlier, the online auction site controlled by Fairfax said in a statement. The increase was led by a 43.7 percent rise in Canterbury listings.

"The Canterbury rebuild continues to underpin this growth," head of Trade Me jobs Pete Ashby said. "Early stage planning for jobs continued to increase but we've seen a real swing to more coal-faced rebuilding roles."

In the Canterbury region demand for construction project managers increased by 88 percent, while supervisor roles surged 356 percent. Across New Zealand the top three sectors for listings growth were construction and architecture up 94 percent, healthcare gaining 49.9 percent, led by an 81 percent boost in nurses and midwives and agriculture, fisheries and forestry rising 36.7 percent.

In the regions, Auckland "provided some cause for concern" up 2.7 percent, Ashby said. "The City of Sales has typically been the employment engine room - this time last year the country was in the midst of a RWC-inspired tourism and hospitality boom, so this has certainly weighed on employment numbers in this market," he said.

The lid on Wellington's public sector continues to slide listing down 2.5 percent on a year ago. The capital was the only region to record a decrease.

The highest paid full-time jobs were IT Architects on $135,859, IT project management on $125,758 and doctors and specialists on $114,125. Kitchen workers were the lowest paid on $31,957, bar staff and baristas on $33,193 and caregivers on $33,824. Shares in Trade Me are unchanged on $4.09.

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