Job adverts reflect booming economy
On the back of a pumping economy, Gisborne employers are recruiting new staff at a faster rate than any other region, new figures show.
The latest Seek New Zealand Employment and Salary Trends Report shows Gisborne experienced the largest rise in new job listings across New Zealand.
For the last three months of 2019 its online job listings in Gisborne rose 14.5 percent. Taranaki — up 13.5 percent — was the only other region to experience a double-digit increase.
There was also a big rise in new job listings locally.
The Gisborne Herald reported a rise in the value of job advertisements and an increase in how much room situations vacant took up in the newspaper.
For the last three months of last year, The Herald printed 215 job advertisements.
That was four more than the same time the previous year, and marked a 10 percent hike in job ad revenue. Over the same period, the amount of centimetres printed rose by an extra 1109cm.
Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said although job advertising growth had softened by 1.1 percent for New Zealand, the regions were performing well, showing positive job ad growth in the last quarter of the decade.
“This indicates plenty of opportunity for job seekers in these areas.
“Gisborne, which was up 14.5 percent, saw plenty of activity across multiple industry sectors, including trades and services, community services and development, administration and manufacturing, transport and logistics.”
Despite the rise in listings, the Seek report shows the average listed salary in Gisborne ($67,283) was the lowest in New Zealand.
“That was nearly $3000 lower than in neighbouring Hawke's Bay ($70,173) and well below Wellington, which had the nation's highest average salary of $88,437.
Gisborne Chamber of Commerce president Paul Naske said the fact businesses were recruiting was positive news.
“This is further evidence that Gisborne is in a very good economic paddock at the moment. Key sectors are experiencing strong pricing on top of strong government spending.”
Mr Naske said Gisborne Chamber members were experiencing the same drive to recruit for staff as their businesses grew.
“This also mirrors a study that the Chamber and Activate Tairawhiti were involved in last year that showed the region was short of some 400 jobs. This Seek data is obviously employers gaining confidence in the future.”
The jobs situation comes on the back of the latest Westpac-McDermott-Miller Regional Economic Confidence Report, which marks the Gisborne/Hawke's Bay regions as the most positive in New Zealand.
The report said 27 percent of households in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay expect their region's economy to improve over the next 12 months, compared to 20 percent in the preceding quarter.
“Households in this region continue to be among the most confident in the country.
In part, this reflects conducive conditions in the horticulture and sheep and beef sectors, which continue to benefit from strong offshore demand. It's also because of a red-hot housing market that has seen double-digit house price growth and rising sales volumes.
“At the same time, residential building consent approvals continue to trend upward while unemployment remains at historically low levels.
“That said, lower log prices could be a cause for concern for several smaller forestry operations that have cut back on harvesting.”