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Figures do not match Canterbury recruiters

May 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


JOB AVAILABILITY in Canterbury has dropped almost 5% over the last year, but one recruitment agency says it is not a dramatic figure.

Many Cantabrians experienced job losses during the months following the earthquake after their homes and businesses were damaged or demolished.

Gerard Rooney, Manager of Select Recruitment, says although this number seems like a significant fall, it isn’t reflected clearly through his business.

“We have seen an insignificant but steady rise in both temporary and permanent positions,” says Mr Rooney.

He says there has been a demand in more trade specific jobs as opposed to in any other field.

“We have been contracted to find varying roles within this time. And obviously due to the earthquakes, hard to find candidates that are in demand for us currently are experienced quantity surveyors, and project managers.”

Statistics New Zealand says that full time employment in Canterbury fell 3% over the year, and part time employment fell 9.2% and that both of these figures would have contributed to the overall fall.

According to Statistics New Zealand the industries experiencing the biggest job losses are accommodation and food services.

Mr Rooney says there is no way to tell when the much talked about “job boom” in the Canterbury region, is likely to come about. He dismissed it as “pure speculation”.

“Personal crystal ball gazing would suggest that once construction starts in earnest here, then more money will enter the economy.”

In contrast to the Canterbury figures, the National Quarterly Employment Survey figures show the number of filled jobs rose 1.2%, though it remained unchanged over the March 2012 quarter.

Another key figure reported by Statistics New Zealand in the survey is a rise in average hourly earnings of almost 4%, an increase from $25.96 in 2011 to $26.96 in 2012.

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