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Hotspots of skills in demand

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An increase in public sector spending in Auckland, the continued Christchurch CBD rebuild and the replacement of demolished buildings in Wellington will fuel vacancy activity in the first half of 2019. Add a growing population in Wellington and Christchurch, rising demand for office space in Auckland and activity across both the retail and industrial sectors, and vacancies will remain largely unchanged half-on-half.

Given hiring activity, hotspots of skills in demand are emerging. Demand will be high for Commercial Property Brokers with office leasing experience, as well as experienced Residential and Commercial Development Managers to scope feasible project opportunities. We’ll also see demand for the latter in the social sector.

The increase in new property developments will continue to drive up demand for experienced Property Managers and Client Side Project Managers in both the public and private sectors. Those with strong relationships and networking skills are valued. Experience, credibility and reputation also factor favourably in hiring decisions.

There is a shortage of Registered Valuers, while demand is high for Leasing Managers as the retail and commercial sectors look for more optimum space.

Employers continue to value candidates with relevant New Zealand experience.

Jobseeker advice

Before applying for a role, ensure you have a clear understanding of the experience required. On your CV, include a summary of key portfolios.

Senior and intermediate Property Managers should share examples of how you have implemented strategic cost saving initiatives. Employers also want to see examples that demonstrate your ability to meet or exceed key stakeholder expectations in challenging or complex commercial environments.

A growing trend is the need for candidates with a proven ability to positively impact staff engagement, reduce turnover and nurture a positive culture. This requirement will increase as skill shortages intensify.

When looking for your next job, determine what is important to you. Consider what is non-negotiable as well as the factors where you can be flexible. This includes salary, benefits, location and responsibilities.

Consider upskilling. A report claims the half-life of learned skills is now about five years. Regardless of your role or level of seniority, it is therefore essential to continuously upskill in order to stay relevant in an increasingly mechanised world. Here’s 7 ways to upskill and keep yourself at the growing edge of your career without breaking the bank.

Finally, consider how you can demonstrate your data fluency, strategic thinking and readiness for AI-integrated workforces to stand out from the crowd. Read our advice on the latest trends here.

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