The number of job vacancies in New Zealand’s regional centres jumped markedly in the past quarter of 2017 as job vacancies in the metropolitan regions of Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury declined.
Jeremy Wade, head of online advertising portal, Trade Me Jobs, said the drop in job ads for the metro centres was likely explained by a desire by employers to “tread softly” following last year’s federal election which saw the Labour party sweep into office ousting the incumbent National Government.
In the last three months of 2017, a total of 68,000 job vacancies were posted on Trade Me Jobs.
Wade said the regional areas of Southland, Otago, Hawke’s Bay, Waikato and Marlborough all recorded solid double digit growth in new listings year-on-year in Q4, along with a small increase in average pay.
For the same period, new listings in Auckland fell by 2.8 per cent, were down 1.6 per cent in Wellington and dipped 1 per cent in Canterbury.
“Despite the benign growth of new listings in the main centres we’d still expect to see some wage growth given the skill shortage,” Wade explained. “However, at a national level the average pay was relatively flat in the final quarter of 2017, down 0.2 per cent on last year to $60,441.
“Even after some encouraging wage growth in the previous two quarters, it’s surprising to see such little movement in pay. We’d expect employers to be digging deeper into their pockets to secure the best candidates.”