20 Jan 2009

Fewer jobs attract more applicants says Trade Me

7:32 pm on 20 January 2009

New Zealand's job market is showing further signs of tightening as more job hunters chase fewer jobs.

Jimmy McGee, who heads website Trade Me's jobs section, says 61,000 full-time jobs were advertised in the second half of last year, 15% fewer than in first half.

But Mr McGee says the applications for those jobs increased by 32%.

He says vacancies in customer service, call centres and the banking and finance sectors have been hardest hit, but central and local government, healthcare and engineering sectors are still showing growth.

The statistics show Wellingtonians were the best-paid workers, with average salaries of $70,585, while workers in Hurunui and Waimakariri in Canterbury were the worst paid, with an average salary of $39,596.