The 2010 job market finished on a high with a five per cent increase in the number of new jobs listed, according to employment website seek.co.nz.
Research also showed seasonally adjusted increase of 29 per cent in the number of new jobs on Seek compared to this time last year.
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Seek spokeswoman Helen Souness said this was an optimistic indicator for the year ahead.
“December is traditionally a slower time for recruitment as companies often hold off hiring until January," she said.
"That New Zealand has seen such positive growth in the number of new jobs ads listed is an encouraging indication that the labour market will continue to strengthen in 2011."
Canterbury led the new job ad growth for the fourth consecutive month, after experiencing a nine per cent, up a huge 50 per cent on this time last year.
This was predominantly due to the large reconstruction programmes in the city.
There was also huge growth in specific industries in 2010.
The biggest rise was in construction, which experienced a 78 per cent increase in the number of ads listed since 2009.
Other industries which saw substantial growth in 2010 include the information technology industry and accountancy, which had a 49 per cent and 35 percent increase in jobs ads respectively.
December's top five most competitive occupations:
1. Call centre/customer service – call centre operator
2. Retail and consumer products – retail sales assistant
3. Information and communications technology – help desk and IT support
4. Administration – receptionists
5. Accounting – assistant accountants
December's top five most sought after employees:
1. Engineering – civil/structural engineering
2. Trades and services – automotive trades
3. Human resources and recruitment – recruitment agency
4. Information and communications technology – consultants
5. Government/defence – government
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