New Zealand’s job market is slowly picking up with job opportunities booming since authorities contained its first cases with a hard COVID-19 lockdown at the start of 2020.

The country largest job site, Seek, reported a 19 percent growth in the national job advertising in the last few days of 2020, and the number of adverts has gone up to pre-pandemic figures.

The segment showing the most job vacancies is include communications, IT, transport & logistics, manufacturing as well as trade & services. Jobs in customer facing sectors have been affected severely.

This news comes in the wake of an unexpected economic recovery, with a 14 percent growth in the Quarter three, according to the country’s Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, as of December 2020. He added that the economic recovery was due to their decision to act fast and hard as soon as the first few cases of the virus were report in the country.

Analysts believe that the third quarter was the most robust in the country’s modern history, coming soon after an 11 percent drop in June.

Seek NZ’s general manager, Janet Faulding, stated that areas of the New Zealand reported an increased in vacancy advertising, when compared to the preceding quarter. In Auckland, for instance, the figures went up 24 percent, 20 percent in Wellington, and 17 percent in Canterbury.

Faulding notes that following the general election of 2020, they noticed a rise in confidence among businesses. An increase in certainty caused growth in the period leading to the holidays. He added that despite challenge that businesses experienced in 2020, the labor market is seeing growth, which testament of the hard work and resilience of New Zealanders, who are looking to end the year on a positive note.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/13/new-zealand-jobs-market-bounces-back-close-to-pre-pandemic-levels

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