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Waikato job posting growth of 3% adds to signs of tension

The latest data from Seek NZ shows that Waikato was one of the three regions most responsible for the national increase in job vacancies last month.

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The latest data from Seek NZ shows that Waikato was one of the three regions most responsible for the national increase in job vacancies last month.

The pressure on employers in Waikato to find staff is growing, with the latest data from leading jobs website Seek NZ showing the area as one of three major areas helping to drive the growth of job vacancies in the national scale.

Its latest update follows comments from Federated Farmers that the stress created by vacancies in the Waikato dairy sector was contributing to the departure of staff from the industry.

Seek said national job posting growth was 2% in March compared to February, with annual growth of 27%. Waikato’s comparable figures were 3% and 28%. Nearly 2,500 vacancies were recorded in a defined subset of the region in mid-March, indicating that the number would be higher in the wider Waikato.

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“The most responsible regions [numerically] for the increase in vacancies in March were Auckland which was up 5%, Otago which was up 8% and Waikato which was up 3%,” Seek Country Manager Rob Clark said. in a press release.

Waikato’s industries with the most listings included trade and services (343), manufacturing, transportation and logistics (288), and retail and consumer products (139). The most in-demand roles in trades and services included auto workers, electricians and construction workers.

Building staff are among the most in-demand workers in Waikato, Seek says.

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Building staff are among the most in-demand workers in Waikato, Seek says.

Nationally, low unemployment, border closures and, more recently, anticipation of border reopenings had helped boost the announcements. Covid-19 has also boosted labor demand in the healthcare and IT sectors, due to additional illnesses and more companies building remote working capacity, a said Clark Thing.

Growth in online shopping has boosted demand for labor in manufacturing, transport and logistics, while jobs in hospitality and tourism have surged as Covid restrictions -19 eased.

Demand from the trade and services sector had also been generally strong before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications per job were down 40% nationally in March compared to March 2022, and Waikato was no exception to this trend.

Asked about the likely impacts in Waikato of unfilled jobs in trades and services, Clark said: “The big challenge we have is that we are effectively in a jobs boom. Waikato is no exception.

The implication of vacancies was that “projects get delayed, people have to give up business opportunities”.

Also, coupled with supply chain issues, unfilled construction jobs would slow down construction projects and home builds.

On whether new government measures to help the dairy sector use more foreign workers were likely to have a big impact, Clark said: “I’d like to think so.”

Along with the positive prospect that more staff will generally come from overseas as part of the loosening of borders, Clark also noted the potential for more New Zealanders to travel overseas again, exacerbating unfilled vacancies. filled.

“At the end of the day, we just need more people to fill a record number of roles.”

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