Job-search platform SEEK has seen an increase of 6.5 percent in job advertisements this September when compared to the same time last year.

According to Janet Faulding, general manager for SEEK New Zealand, the increase has been helped by seasonal hiring across the hospitality and tourism industries.

“Our SEEK data has shown that September is the peak hiring month of the year for hospitality and tourism industries,” said Faulding. “We know that the businesses are gearing up for the festive and summer holiday season. They are advertising on SEEK now to get the employees they need to service the busy period.”

The top three most advertised jobs in September saw chefs and cooks come in at number one.

“There has been significant development and expansion of retail and hospitality venues in the past 12 months, new venues require full staffing from management to casual staff. In addition to seasonal demand, we can’t get enough chefs! Chef roles are hard to fill because of specific skill set and experience requirements,” said Trish McLean, Group CEO of Retailworld Resourcing Group.