Good time to change employment or ask for a pay rise, Trade Me jobs report shows

There's been a record number of online job advertisements posted in the last quarter - welcome news for those looking for a change of scenery.

The latest quarterly data from the Trade Me Jobs website shows advertisements are up 25 percent this year - compared with the same quarter in 2020.

Matt Tolich, Trade Me Jobs' sales director, says it's never been a better time for job hunters.

"The largest increases were in the hospitality and tourism (56 percent), manufacturing & operations (52 percent), and construction and roading (46 percent) sectors."

And reflecting the spike in advertisements, the Trade Me Jobs data shows applications were down 29 percent compared to the first quarter of this year - indicating less competition.

"With application numbers down and more listings for job hunters to choose from, in Q2 we saw the largest annual percentage increase in average pay that we have seen in more than 10 years." 

Regional increase in jobs advertised in second quarter

In the Bay of Plenty (up 32 percent), Manawatū/Whanganui (55pc), Northland (49pc), Otago (33pc), Taranaki (38pc) and Waikato (36pc), the number of job vacancies increased by record-breaking amounts.

Auckland's job ads were up 13 percent compared with the same quarter last year - a lot less than the regions mentioned above.

Matt Tolich.
Matt Tolich. Photo credit: Supplied

Top five highest-paid sectors' average salary

  • IT - Architects ($162,206)
  • IT - Project management (154,619)
  • IT - Management ($152,356)
  • IT - Testing ($142,021)
  • IT - Business and systems analysis ($138,870).

"As we have seen consistently over the previous year, IT roles are still paid the most. This comes down to companies bolstering their tech approach to keep up with competitors and protect their businesses in a post-COVID world," Tolich said.

"On top of this, closed borders are putting pressure on the sector by preventing new talent from

entering the country to meet the sector's growing needs."