More demand for legal beagles

by Hannah Norton13 Jul 2015
The number of New Zealand legal jobs advertised on Seek has grown 20 per cent year-or-year, placing it in the top five industries with the biggest gains.

A release issued by Seek this morning showed there were 130,000 new jobs advertised on the platform in the first half of 2015 – an increase of 2.5 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Over 60 percent of the 29 classifications on Seek experienced growth in new job ads, with 10 of these categories experiencing double digit increases – including legal.

The banking and finance Industry experienced the biggest growth, with a 33 percent increase in the number of jobs advertised in January to June. 

This was closely followed by the education and training industry, which saw a 31 percent increase in roles advertised.

The design and architecture sector saw an increase of 29 percent, the advertising, arts and media sector saw an increase of 22 percent, while the legal sector saw an increase of 20 percent year-on-year.

“New Zealanders are hearing a lot of ‘declines’, ‘reductions’ and ‘drops’ at the moment but pleasingly this isn’t in relation to jobs,”  Seek’s corporate communications manager Sarah Macartney said. 

“No one industry is driving this growth showing great employment prospects for people with a range of skills and experience.”

Trade Me also experienced in an increase in job listings, with over 58,000 listings onsite between April and June, up more than 5 per cent on the second quarter of last year, Head of Trade Me Jobs Peter Osborne said.

“Overall we’ve seen some nice pockets of growth across the country. This is heartening given the economic tailwinds of recent quarters have slowed to a breeze.”

Applicants in the education, construction and architecture and retail sectors had the most choice on Trade Me’s jobs site, with year-on-year job listing increase of 28 percent, 16 percent and 16 percent respectively.