Huge fall in service sector jobs indicates more females seeking career change



a person sitting at a table using a laptop computer: SEEK data shows jobs in the consumer services sector are at 51.8 percent of pre-COVID levels.


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SEEK data shows jobs in the consumer services sector are at 51.8 percent of pre-COVID levels.



a person sitting at a table using a laptop computer


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A growing number of Kiwi job-seekers are considering a different career path in the wake of COVID-19.  

Research by online employment website SEEK of  4000 job-seekers in July showed one in three were rethinking their career as a result of COVID-19. Of those whose jobs were directly impacted, just under half (45 percent) wanted to move to an industry less impacted by the pandemic.

The data shows jobs in the consumer services sector have fallen the most, now at just over half of pre-COVID-19 levels. SEEK data from 2019 showed jobs in this sector attracted a higher number of female applicants than male.

“Prior to the latest restrictions, consumer services roles were at 58 percent when compared with pre-COVID levels, and now they’re down 6.2 percent to 51.8

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