TradeMe reveals where the jobs are
By EMMA PAGE - Sunday Star Times
Last updated 10:48 10/01/2010

Job-hunting beauticians, builders, painters and bank tellers look well-placed to bounce back from last year's recession, according to latest figures from TradeMe Jobs, one of the country's largest job listings sites.

They were among the careers that had the biggest jumps in vacancies among the 48,000 fulltime jobs listed in the six months ending December.

And there is cause for cautious optimism for other job hunters: while the number of listings on the site was still 30% down compared to the same six-month period in 2008, the figure held steady compared to the January-June 2009 period.

Head of TradeMe Jobs, Keith Muirhead, said the site was seeing month on month growth and the market was looking resilient.

"There is a general sense that the worst is probably behind us," said Muirhead.

Unemployment hit a nine-year high in 2009, reaching 6.5% (150,000 people), but ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley said some of the sectors worst hit by the recession, such as the construction and manufacturing industries, were showing signs of recovery as the economy began to improve.

He said though unemployment is still expected to climb to 7% as the working age population increases and more people look for work, this is a relatively small increase in the context of recent rises. "We are getting into the tail end of any lifts in unemployment."

Muirhead said that vacancies listed on the Trade Me Jobs site in the hospitality, banking, construction and trades sectors were all "rebounding solidly" as business picked back up and consumer confidence returned.

There was also good news for pay packets. Advertised salaries rose for most professions when compared to the first half of 2009.

Muirhead said as the market improved, workers who had stuck with a job for fear of not finding another might explore the increasing number of opportunities. Some 600,000 people visited the site in November alone.

The largest increase in Trade Me job vacancies were among bank teller and branch staff, beauticians, painters, business development managers, builders and carpenters. Job listings were tighter for waste engineers, freight forwarders, some engineering jobs and accounts receivable.

Wellington led the list of highest paid regions with offered salaries averaging $72,471, followed closely by Auckland on $72,344. However, listings in the capital were down by almost 7% as cutbacks in the public sector took their toll.

The Far North and the West Coast also boasted high average salaries in job listings ($68,795 and $67,763 respectively), despite the fact that workforces there have relatively low salaries overall. The high figures are likely due to listings for highly skilled well-paid jobs such as doctors and engineers in Northland and mining experts on the West Coast.

Regions offering lower average salaries included Selwyn and Mackenzie ($39,810), Masterton ($42,246) and Porirua ($44,082).

* For more job data released today see Trade Me.

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