Semi-skilled staff in high de­mand

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM PULLAR-STRECKER

‘‘Growth is strong for con­struc­tion and hos­pi­tal­ity jobs’’

If you ever wanted to be a dig­ger driver, now may be you chance.

The num­ber of jobs ad­ver­tised on­line rose 0.6 per cent in May, from April, and were up 11.8 per cent on May last year, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE).

The big­gest rise in de­mand was for ma­chin­ery driv­ers and op­er­a­tors, the min­istry said, with job ads up 2.6 per cent from April, and nearly 30 per cent when com­pared to May last year.

The next big­gest jump was for labour­ers.

Over­all, hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism (up 1.6 per cent, monthly) and con­struc­tion and en­gi­neer­ing (up 1.4 per cent) were the hottest sec­tors.

De­spite fre­quent claims that peo­ple need more skills to thrive in the mod­ern labour mar­ket and to avoid los­ing their jobs to au­to­ma­tion, the largest in­creases in de­mand were for semi-skilled, un­skilled and low-skilled roles, in that or­der.

Va­can­cies for IT work­ers were down 1.5 per cent from April and down 14 per cent from May last year.

An OECD re­port is­sued last week said Ki­wis were the most likely in the de­vel­oped world to be overqual­i­fied for the jobs they were in.

On­line va­can­cies were up across New Zealand.

‘‘Over­all, growth in va­can­cies is steady, while growth is strong for con­struc­tion and hos­pi­tal­ity jobs,’’ spokes­woman Nita Zodgekar said.

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