The number of jobs advertised online for Chief Executives and Managing Directors has increased 36% since this time last year. The Jobs Online monthly report for August 2015 published by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) measures changes in job vacancies advertised by businesses on Seek, Trade Me Jobs and the Education Gazette.

Solicitors also saw a significant increase with 62% more vacancies advertised online than this time last year. Whilst there are less HR roles advertised, Mike Stenhouse, CEO for Sheffield South Island, remains positive. “We’re still seeing a strong demand for experienced HR specialists, especially those skilled in leadership development.”

Looking ahead the number of job adverts across the economy as a whole may not rise as quickly as it has been, but that’s not a big concern.  After all, with most people in the Canterbury region already in work (unemployment is 3.3%), a plateau in the number of new opportunities isn’t a huge issue.

Kelvin Davidson, Economist for CDC (Canterbury Development Corporation) said that these figures, along with the latest Canterbury Labour Market Report from MBIE, highlight the strong prospects for skilled occupations.  “That’s because skilled workers are still proving hard to find and there’s good demand for them in Canterbury.”
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