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New Zealand Recruitment trends forecasted for 2017

Knowing what employment trends to expect from 2017 in New Zealand might just put you ahead of the pack.

New Zealand Recruitment Trends Forecasted For 2017

Internationally respected, Australian-based, recruitment company Hays shared what they believe will happen in the industry in 2017 – and it makes for interesting reading if you plan on finding a job in New Zealand this year.


“One of the biggest trends impacting employers in 2017 will be the shortage of highly-skilled and experienced candidates,” says Jason Walker, managing director of Hays in New Zealand.

What their report had to say…

The Job Creators will be

• The Kaikoura earthquake
While the full scale of damage and the full extent of necessary repairs are yet to be determined, there’s no doubt that a large number of civil engineering, construction and trades professionals will be required in 2017 and beyond.
• Residential construction
In 2016 (the New Zealand) residential construction industry built significant momentum, most notably in Auckland. Residential companies will be busier in 2017 and teams will grow.
• Commercial construction
With Christchurch entering the next phase of the rebuild process, anchor projects will keep commercial construction vacancy activity high. Adding to job activity will be commercial developments supporting Auckland’s population growth and the demolition, repair and rebuilding of commercial properties in Wellington.
• Services sector
A growing services sector will lead to new roles, particularly in healthcare, social assistance and financial services. Business services will also be a major driver of employment growth.
• Aging population
Given New Zealand’s aging population, job numbers will increase in aged care support services and in villages.
• Election
As an election year, 2017 could potentially bring greater Government investment in infrastructure across provincial New Zealand. This would create new infrastructure jobs.
Trends to take note of…
• Temporary and contract jobs
The rise of flexible headcounts: 2016’s rapid rise in the use of temporary and contract assignments will continue in order to accommodate candidates’ demand for a more flexible lifestyle and employers’ desire for a more flexible headcount.
• Supply/demand ratio
Shortage of highly-skilled professionals: A shortage of highly-skilled professionals will see New Zealand struggle to keep pace with labour demands. Increased labour market participation in 2016 did not keep up with demand and the gap between the skills employers need and those in the labour market will widen.
• Creating jobs for those in demand:
Employers will create a role for a candidate with experience and skills in demand, even if they are not actively looking for a new team member at the time.
• Counter offers won’t impress
The use of counter offers will continue to increase – to little effect – as employers attempt to retain a valued team member. But a pay rise, new job title or additional benefits rarely counter the reasons that led someone to look for, apply, interview then accept a job elsewhere.


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