Covid 19 coronavirus: Impact of three-day lockdown on job market revealed

The short three-day lockdown in Auckland had a marked impact on the job market after an otherwise strong start to 2021.

A newly released report by employment site Seek revealed a dip in advertised jobs in Auckland in February.

Seek spokeswoman Janet Faulding said the 2 per cent drop after a strong January was most likely a dip in confidence after the short and sharp lockdown.

“February’s Covid-19 community outbreak in Auckland and the resulting move into Alert Level 3 in the region pressed pause on some employers’ hiring intentions, but overall, the road to recovery remains strong,” Faulding said.

“Despite Auckland experiencing a 3 per cent decline month-on-month in job ad listings in the month of February, the recruitment boom that typically kicks off the new year led to a small decrease of 0.3 per cent nationally when compared to January 2021.”

Despite the slight decline in Auckland other areas experienced strong ad growth, including 3 per cent in Wellington and 2 per cent in Canterbury.

“While New Zealand remains on high-alert for Covid and we continue to experience short periods of regional lockdown, our national recovery appears to be on track as we bridge the gap to pre-Covid levels,” Faulding said.

Industries with the highest job ad growth were retail and consumer products at 13 per cent, construction at 7 per cent and Trades and Services at 5 per cent.

The Retail & Consumer Products industry, part of the Consumer Services sector, showed one of the biggest month-on-month increases from January 2021.

But despite the 10 per cent month-on-month growth, the sector is still lagging behind the other sectors showing a 12 per cent year-on-year decline.

The building and construction industry showed the most growth.

“Construction and Trades & Services continued its trend as one of the most in-demand sectors nationally, while jobs within the Retail & Consumer Products industries seem to be bouncing back with increased demand for workers,” Faulding said.

The three industries with the greatest number of jobs on right now is Trades & Services, Information & Communications Technology and Manufacturing and Transport & Logistics.

Jobs are available for these roles:

● Trades & Services with roles for labourers, automotive trades, building trades, technicians, carpentry & cabinet making, electricians and hair & beauty services.

● Information & Communication Technology with roles for developers/programmers, business/systems analysts, programme & project management, software engineering and help desk & IT support being in demand.

● Manufacturing Transport & Logistics includes roles for warehousing storage & distribution, machine operators, assembly & process work, and road transport.

● Construction including roles for forepersons, machinery operators, project managers and surveyors.

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