The economy continues to pick up with more jobs being advertised.
The way the economy is growing it is squeezing out the opposition’s plans for a negative campaign talking about National’s handling of the economy. When they exclaim “where are the jobs?” they will be pointed at these sorts of statistics.
Job listings on Trade Me increased 21 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter, according to the auction website.
Trade Me says the new figures follow a 17 per cent year-on-year increase in listings in the final quarter of 2013, reinforcing the upturn in the economy.
The company wouldn’t say how many jobs were listed in the three months to March 31 due to “commercial sensitivity”, but it said the number was more than 50,000.
The figures show all the major centres had strong year-on-year growth in the first quarter. Listings were up 25.5 per cent in Wellington, 24.1 per cent in the Bay of Plenty, 23.9 per cent in Canterbury, 20.1 per cent in Hamilton and Auckland and 19.0 per cent in Otago.
Southland (up 41.3 per cent) had the strongest growth, while only three of the 15 regions (Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu/Whanganui) saw listings growth of less than 10 per cent.
The improving job market is a good sign for human resources and recruitment, which was the fastest-growing sector with a 45.7 per cent year-on-year listings increase.¬† Read more »