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NZ: Auckland The Best Place For Jobs

Auckland is the place to be for jobs, but the trend for job ads is flat in Canterbury and Wellington, a bank survey shows.

ANZ’s latest survey shows total job advertising fell 0.1 per cent nationally in November, seasonally adjusted, after a bigger 0.3 per cent dip in the previous month.

After a surge in job ads earlier in the year, the trend has flattened out somewhat, ANZ said.

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Total job advertising has taken an end-of-year dip, falling 0.1 per cent in November after seasonal adjustments, following a 0.3 percent drop the previous month, according to the ANZ Job Ads index.

However, owing to the vagaries of seasonal adjustment, total job ads nonetheless rose in all three main centres, though mostly it’s a tale of one city – a steady rise in job ads in Auckland while the trend is relatively flat in Canterbury and Wellington.

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Unemployment is plummeting faster in London than anywhere else in the country as a building boom, the tech sector explosion and a revival in City hiring generates thousands of new jobs, official figures reveal today.

The capital’s dole queues shortened by 22,000 in the three months to October to leave the jobless total at 296,000 or 6.5 per cent of the workforce. Unemployment has fallen by 100,000 in London over the past year, by far the biggest drop of any region in the United Kingdom.

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Scotland’s jobless total fell by 11,000 between August and October to stand at 156,000, according to official figures.

The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.6%, which is below the overall UK rate of 6%.

Female employment increased by 21,000 over the quarter to reach 1,288,000 – the highest level on record.

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UK unemployment fell by 63,000 to 1.96 million in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The fall sees the unemployment rate drop to 6%, which is the lowest rate it has been for six years. Average earnings increased by 1.4% across the same period.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan-Smith welcomed the figures and highlighted the fact that “two-thirds of the jobs created have been managerial and professional”.

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Industry study also shows print is the most impactful marketing medium for Christmas

• 43% of New Zealand marketing professionals planning to leave jobs in the New Year

• Nearly two-thirds (65%) re-evaluating career plans during this period

• 82% agree Christmas marketing campaigns are worthwhile investments

• Coca-Cola, Farmers and The Warehouse are top brands associated with Christmas

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The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has completed its annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). The Ministry regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure that they meet the changing needs of the labour market, and to ensure opportunities for New Zealanders first. Changes will be made to these lists in March 2015.

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Salaries have risen by up to 10% in IT jobs as employers seek to hire and retain top talent, according to a new survey by a recruitment firm.

Brightwater’s annual professional salary survey for 2015, based on data gathered from hundreds of employers, showed that IT, legal, accountancy and human resources ranked as the best performing sectors in terms of payment increases, benefits and job opportunities.

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The Cambridge JobFair is returning in January, and stands are already selling fast.

Organised by the News, the popular fair attracted 2,800 visitors last year, who were able to meet businesses from across the region and take part in workshops.

This year the event is being held in the usual venue, the Corn Exchange, on Wednesday, January 21, from 10am to 4pm.

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The good news from today’s job figures is that unemployment continues to fall and more people are in work.

In fact, Christmas present looks good and it therefore seems like glad tidings for UK workers.

But dig underneath the Christmas cheer and another story emerges, one that reflects a patchwork recovery in jobs.

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