18 Nov 2009

Increase in online job adverts

8:49 am on 18 November 2009

One of the country's largest online job advertisers believes there are signs of a slow recovery in the labour market.

The unemployment rate rose in the September quarter to a nine-year high of 6.5%, with 150,000 people out of work.

Online job advertiser Seek reports an overall increase of 12% in advertised jobs in the four months to the end of October.

It now has more than 10,000 positions on offer, most of which are in banking and financial services, IT and technology, customer service, administration and retail.

The Council of Trade Unions says these are known shortage areas and will not provide opportunities for many who lost their jobs in the recession.

Employer groups say the figures don't reflect the reality of the job market.