The New Zealand job market is thriving, with the number of job listings on Trade Me up 21 per cent on the same time last year.

According to analysis of over 50,000 roles posted on the listing website in the first quarter of this year, the job market is ‘looking very rosy,’ says head of Trade Me jobs, Peter Osborne.

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Companies recruiting people under-25 place more importance on a candidate’s attitude than their qualifications, according to a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The latest REC Job Outlook is based on a survey of 600 employers. It suggests 47% see attitude as the most important factor in selection, compared to 20% for level of qualification and 10% for professional experience.

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OZ: SEEK Says Job Market Is Challenging

SEEK will continue its international expansion as it deals with a sluggish Australian jobs market.

The online job advertiser has businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Latin America, and says it will continue investing in developing markets this year.

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According to figures released by recruitment software provider, Recruitive, there has been a surge in the number of UK engineering jobs advertised in July.

The number of engineering vacancies, advertised via its multi job posting solution, rose 37% from June making it a record number for the year so far.

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NZ: Skilled Job Vacancies Up In July

Skilled job vacancies advertised online increased by 0.6 per cent from June, while the total number of online advertisements for skilled jobs has grown by 9.9 per cent in the past year to July, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Jobs Online report.

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New job mandates across all new HR vacancies have increased significantly year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter, according to The Oakleaf Partnership HR Job Index (HRJI).

The index, which measures all job orders registered with the firm by industry sector groupings, said HR job growth was up 56% year-on-year.

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Employment experts have reacted positively to lower youth unemployment, but concerns remain over low pay in response to the latest ONS employment figures.

The UK Labour Market August 2014 report revealed that unemployment has fallen by 0.1 percentage points in the past quarter to 6.4% – the lowest figure since 2008. This means 2.08 million jobseekers are unemployed, 450,000 lower than the previous quarter.

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The number of professional jobs on offer has substantially increased in the last year, with jobseekers in some areas now able to pick between multiple offers according to the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor for July 2014.

The Monitor recorded a +21% increase in the number of vacancies in July 2014 compared to the same month last year with the number of posted jobs rising from 7,681 to 9,277. The figure fell -3% from June 2014 although Morgan McKinley attribute the decrease to seasonal fluctuations that are common in summer months.

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What’s worse than high unemployment? Thousands of people looking for a job, in the midst of a skills shortage. That’s the position New Zealand finds itself in as economic growth picks up.

Although company bosses are upbeat about sales growth this year, the rosy forecast is losing some of its gloss because workers with key skills are in short supply.

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SCO: Employment Reaches New Record High

Employment in Scotland has reached a new record high, according to official figures.

The number of people in work increased by 9,000 between April and June, to stand at 2,594,000.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed unemployment in Scotland fell by 2,000, to 176,000, over the same period. The UK total fell by 132,000 to 2.08 million.

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