New job listings flat – Auckland sees 8% drop in recruitment ads

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The September Seek NZ Employment Report shows the volume of job listings advertised on remained relatively flat in September, with a 0.3% month-on-month increase nationally. 

We see a different picture in Auckland compared to the rest of New Zealand, with Auckland experiencing an 8% drop in job ad numbers compared to the previous month, though job ads are still up 12% compared to pre-COVID levels. The rest of NZ saw a job ad volume increase of 7% m/m.

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  • SEEK job ads were up 0.3% month-on-month (m/m).  
  • SEEK job ads were up by 44% in September 2021 year-on-year (y/y) and were up 12% when compared to  September 2019. 
  • Applications per job ad increased 11% m/m. 
  • The top three industries showing the biggest volume growth m/m are Healthcare & Medical (10%), Trades and Services (6%) and Construction (9%). 


  • All regions saw a m/m increase in job ad numbers except Auckland (-8%) and West Coast (-2%).  
  • Job ad volume increased the most in Wellington (4%) and Canterbury (9%) regaining the ground lost in August. 

Rob Clark, Country Manager, SEEK NZ comments: “September’s Employment data is a tale of two parts. Auckland  continues to be impacted by restrictions and has seen a second month of job ad decline, whereas the rest of the country  has bounced back after the lockdowns in August.

“The latest SEEK NZ data shows that national job ad volumes have remained flat, rising only 0.3% month-on-month in  September, however when we look back to the same month in 2019, job ad numbers are 12% higher nationally. 

“When comparing Auckland to the rest of NZ, we see quite a different picture due to the varying levels of lockdown  restrictions. Job ad volume numbers in Auckland saw a drop of 8% versus the previous month, whereas the rest of New  Zealand, excluding Auckland, had a job ad volume increase of 7%.”  

More information is available in the full report here.

National SEEK NZ Job Ad percentage change by region (September 2021 vs August 2021)
National SEEK NZ Job Ad percentage change by region (September 2021 vs August 2021)
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