20 August 2007

More highly skilled job vacancies in New Zealand

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The number of highly skilled job vacancies in New Zealand increased by 11 per cent in the year to the end of July 2007, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Labour. This is a significant overall increase but certain jobs saw even more dramatic shortages, an encouraging sign for people interested in applying for a New Zealand visa.

The biggest jump was in the number of IT vacancies. There were 1,616 IT jobs advertised in July 2007, which is 24 per cent more than the same time last year. Scientists, architects, engineers (23 per cent), teachers (22 per cent), business people and lawyers (21 per cent) and health workers (21 per cent) also saw big rises in demand for their skills. Legislators, administrators, managers and professionals all saw 11 per cent increases in the number of job vacancies.

The New Zealand Department of Labour Job Vacancy Monitor (JVM) is an analysis of job advertisements published in newspapers and websites.

The Occupations in Shortage study for 2006 concluded there are widespread skill and labour shortages in New Zealand with only 61 per cent of 5,486 advertised vacancies included in a survey filled within ten weeks of advertising.

Shortages existed for all major occupational groups in 2006. Less than half (48 per cent) of all trades workers vacancies were filled. Just over half the plant and machine operator and assemblers vacancies were filled.

New Zealand needs skilled workers: anyone interested in New Zealand immigration should complete the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they qualify for a New Zealand visa.

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