The Kiwi industries seeing the biggest boom in demand for workers

The Kiwi industries that have seen the biggest boom in demand for workers have been revealed - and no it's not hospitality and tourism.

The latest SEEK NZ Employment Report for July surprisingly found Kiwi businesses are on the hunt for talent in the consulting and strategy industry with a 17 percent increase in job advertisements in July compared to June.

Advertisements for talent in community services and development climbed six percent to the second highest spot, followed by mining resources and energy at four percent.

SEEK reported an overall month-on-month increase in job ads in New Zealand by one percent and job ads were nine percent higher when compared year-on-year.

There was strong month-on-month growth throughout the country with Gisborne up 15 percent, Northland up six percent and Canterbury up four percent.

SEEK NZ manager Rob Clark said the national increase in job ads was driven by growth in some of the smaller hiring industries.

The hospitality and tourism industry recorded its second consecutive month of job ad decline in July, dropping nine percent.

"As the cost of living and of doing business rises, Kiwis' discretionary income is falling, which has a flow-on effect for customer-facing industries," Clark said. 

"Demand for talent in Hospitality & Tourism and Retail & Consumer Products have both declined over the past two months after peaking in May, demonstrating the impact that these macro-factors are having on some industries."

The report found applications per job rose from the month prior in all regions except for Otago and Southland.

While applications per job ad are almost on the same level as last year, there is still a long way to go to get back to pre-pandemic levels.

"Applications per job ad are almost on par with where they were last year after a second month-on-month increase. While application levels remain low compared to pre-pandemic, they are no longer declining, and have remained relatively stable since the start of the year," Clark said.

So it is still a good time for workers to take the leap if they are looking for a change.