| Business News | Tuesday May 22 2012 7:48
Forecast employment growth in Christchurch is being likened to Western Australia's mining boom.
It comes as the city starts rebuilding with increasing demand for the likes of quantity surveyors, residential and commercial project managers.
Statistics from Trade Me Jobs show jobs in Canterbury have risen 81 percent year on year, compared to just three and four percent in Wellington and Auckland.
Hays Recruiting General Manager Jason Walker says Western Australia's mining boom could be mimicked here by the demand for construction jobs.
"We've got a marketplace in Christchurch which could very shortly resemble the type of thing we're seeing in Australia where Western Australia predominately drives the economy."
Mr Walker says the demand is so high, some job applicants are being hired practically on-the-spot.
"We're finding that within 48 hours individuals have got offers on the table so the turnaround rate is quick."
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