12:42 PM Wednesday Jan 12, 2011
Rotorua and Taupo homeowners’ New Year resolutions to get jobs done around the house could provide a boost to local tradesmen.
Website www.builderscrack.co.nz has seen a 50 per cent increase in jobs listed on the site during January, compared to January the previous year.
Director Jeremy Wyn-Harris said it was a positive sign for the New Year, as people resolved to renovate and repair their homes and gardens.
“This has been a much better summer for tradespeople around the country than last year was.”
He lists both Rotorua and Taupo among the five locations showing the greatest growth in job listings.
While there are currently 11 jobs listed on the site from the Bay of Plenty, Wyn-Harris said 27 had been posted so far this year – 200 per cent more than in the same period of 2010.
Tradesmen have put this down to the region’s tourism focus. He said anecdotal evidence suggested the area was hit disproportionately hard by the down turn as tourism dried up.
But this is also cited as a possible reason for the strong comeback.
“A relatively strong tourism market recovery has helped improve local confidence. Many of the jobs couldn’t be put off forever so, as confidence is slowly recovering, there is a bounce back.”
Wyn-Harris said soft real estate sales in the region was also leading to many people opting for renovation.
“We are also seeing people more willing to commit to larger jobs, like re-roofing the house, than we saw this time last year.”
Rotorua’s Registered Master Builders president Bill Clement, of W Clement Builder, said it was too early in the year to make any predictions on how the sector was heading into 2011.
Clement said many people, both tradesmen and clients, were still on holiday, although some builders, like himself, had worked straight through.
“I do quite a bit of property maintenance and that doesn’t stop. I keep going when the work is there and take a break when it’s not.”
Businesses were still looking for jobs and he said tradesmen from other centres “poaching” local work continued to be an issue.
“There are a lot of outsiders coming from the likes of Tauranga stealing work. It happens all the time.
“There is an over supply of plumbers, electricians, etcetera over there, and they put up really low prices. We are not happy, but there isn’t a lot you can do about it.”
Other growth areas for trade work identified by builderscrack.co.nz were Wellington, Tauranga and Christchurch.