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Skilled workers back in demand

Skilled job vacancies are up again after a dip in the last two months, according to the latest analysis by the Department of Labour.

Skilled job vacancies are up again after a dip in the last two months, according to the latest analysis by the Department of Labour.

The latest results from the Department’s Jobs Online index show skilled job vacancies grew by 3.3 percent in November, compared to October. Job vacancies overall also grew by 4.2 percemt.

The department’s head of research and analysis, Vasantha Krishna, said job listings grew across most industry groups.

“IT vacancies showed the strongest growth in November, followed by healthcare and medical. The only falls were in hospitality and tourism (down 1.7 percent), and education and training (down 1.7 percent).”

The highest regional increase was in Wellington.

Compared to November 2010, both skilled and all job vacancies rose more than 10 percent.

Growth in skilled job vacancies was strongest in construction and engineering (up 14.6 percent on November 2010), largely due to reconstruction activities in Canterbury.