The 30 fastest-growing jobs in New Zealand, according to SEEK data

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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed New Zealand’s economy into its worst recession in 33 years. Despite this, employment and career site SEEK recently reported that some industries are showing positive signs of growth compared to when the pandemic first hit.

SEEK found this when they collated data from July to August 2020 and compared it to data from March to April 2020. From this data, SEEK identified the top five industries in New Zealand for job ad growth at the moment as well as the 30 fastest-growing jobs in the country.

These were their findings:

1. Top five industries for job ad growth

Industry Growth
Sports and Recreation125%
Farming, Animals and Conservation83%
Consulting and Strategy76%
Hospitality and Tourism74%

Hospitality and tourism was one of the country’s hardest-hit industries, so it’s encouraging to see it in this top five. We think it’s safe to say that this performance is thanks to New Zealand’s swift COVID-19 response that has enabled the country to go back to ‘normal’ faster than just about every other nation in the world.

The 30 fastest-growing jobs

IndustryRoleJob Ad Growth
Government and DefenceGovernment Advisor108%
Healthcare and MedicalPhysiotherapist 101%
Manufacturing, Transport and LogisticsStoreperson94%
SalesSales Representative84%
Information and Communication TechnologyProject Manager82%
Community Services and DevelopmentSocial Worker71%
Hospitality and TourismChef70%
Healthcare and Medical Registered Nurse56%
Trades and ServicesLabourer52%
Administration and Office SupportReceptionist52%
Community Services and DevelopmentAged and Disability Support Worker50%
Real Estate and PropertyResidential Real Estate Sales48%
SalesAccount Manager46%
Healthcare and MedicalPsychologist32%
SalesBusiness Development Manager32%
Manufacturing, Transport and LogisticsDrivers29%
Information and Communication TechnologyDeveloper28%
ConstructionQuantity Surveyor28%
Administration and Office SupportAdministrator 27%
Administration and Office SupportExecutive Assistant25%
Retail and Consumer ProductsMerchandiser17%
Administration and Office SupportPersonal Assistant16%
Retail and Consumer ProductsStore Manager 16%
Administration and Office SupportOffice Administrator15%
Trades and ServicesCleaner14%
Manufacturing, Transport and LogisticsMachine Operator13%
EngineeringStructural Engineer13%
Information and Communication TechnologySoftware Engineer11%
Trades and ServicesCarpenter9%

New Zealand recently had a federal election which explains the appearance of government advisor roles in the top spot. Storeperson roles, in at number three, are most likely on the rise due to changes in consumer behaviour. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many consumers to shopping online which means warehouses are busier than ever and in need of fast, efficient workers to get orders out the door.

But border restrictions are still in place, we hear you say

Yes, New Zealand’s border restrictions are still in place and still affect a lot of people. However, the fact that the job market is recovering is a positive sign of things to come. It means New Zealand’s economy and the country is a whole is starting to recover.

Another sure sign of this is the fact that New Zealand has already opened its borders to some critical workers. So, don’t put your dreams on hold! If you’re serious about moving to New Zealand, continue making it happen.

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