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2 July 2020 – This snapshot complements the SEEK Employment Trends report that is released quarterly. SEEK is publishing regular insights based on job ad movements compared to a pre-COVID baseline of February 2020.

Key insights (weeks 25 & 26 compared to February 2020):

SEEK job ads in the last fortnight are at 57.1% of pre-COVID levels
Of the top 10 classifications by volume those showing the best recovery are:

Healthcare & Medical: 82.3%
Community Services & Development: 79.7%
Trades & Services: 59.2%.

Of the top 10 classifications by volume those with the furthest to go to reach pre-COVID levels are:  

Engineering: 53.6%
Accounting: 49.5%
Administration & Office Support: 43.2%

Wellington is leading the way as the major region with 63.2% of pre-COVID levels.  Canterbury follows, at 55.7% and Auckland is at 51.0% of pre-COVID levels when compared to February 2020.

Janet Faulding, General Manager, SEEK NZ comments: “In the fortnight ended 28 June, job volumes were at 57.1% of pre-COVID levels. For jobseekers this is welcome news, as it’s a long way from the job data we saw during the lowest point of the pandemic, which was April 2020.
“There are plenty of opportunities for people looking for work, with roles being advertised for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour. Many of these jobs have training offered as part of the role, so understanding the sorts of transferrable skills that candidates can bring to the job will help to increase their options.
“The Healthcare & Medical industry, for example, is recovering well with top jobs including psychologists, counsellors, aged care and general medical nurses, dentists and physiotherapists. The Community Services & Development sector is also showing positive job ad growth, with roles in youth and family services, and aged and disability support being advertised in the last fortnight.
“The majority of the regions showed growth in job ad volumes in the last two weeks. When compared to pre-COVID levels in February of this year, Wellington is the major region leading the way with the highest job ad levels at 63.2% of pre-COVID levels. Canterbury and Auckland are sitting just over 50%, and although there is still some volatility in the week-to-week numbers, overall, we continue to see job ad volume growth.”
Job ads volumes compared to February 2020:

Wellington: 63.2%
Canterbury: 55.7%
Auckland: 51.0%


– Trades & Services: roles such as Building Trades, Automotive Trades and Labourers
– Information & Communication Technology: Developers/ Programmers, Business/ Systems Analysts, Software Engineering, Help Desk & IT Support and Project Management
– Healthcare & Medical: Psychology, Counselling & Social Work, Nursing (Aged Care and General Medical), Physiotherapy, Dental, and Medical Administration
Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics: Warehousing, Storage & Distribution, Machine Operators, Assembly & Process Work and Road Transport
– Construction: Project Management, Foreperson/ Supervisors, Plant & Machine Operators

DISCLAIMER: The Data should be viewed and regarded as standalone information and should not be aggregated with any other information whether such information has been previously provided by SEEK Limited, (“SEEK”). The Data is given in a summary form and whilst care has been taken in its preparation, SEEK makes no representations whatsoever about its completeness or accuracy. SEEK expressly bears no responsibility or liability for any reliance placed by you on the Data, or from the use of the Data by you. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately.SEEK job ads:  Job ad data is based on all paid job ads posted to SEEK during the fortnight, weighted for the number of business days. Therefore, these figures may differ slightly from the quarterly SEEK Employment Trends Report which has different adjustment factors applied.

About SEEK

SEEK is a diverse group of companies, comprised of a strong portfolio of online employment, educational, commercial and volunteer businesses. SEEK has a presence in 18 countries with exposure to over 2.9 billion people and approximately 26 percent of global GDP. SEEK makes a positive contribution to people’s lives on a global scale. SEEK is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, where it is a top 100 company with a market capitalisation close to A$7 billion and has been listed in the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies Globally by Forbes, and Number One in Australia.

SEEK will publish new job ad data regularly until such time it is no longer required.
The latest SEEK monthly employment report is available to view here –