This year was a particularly difficult one for the automotive recruitment industry and this was reflected in the falling away of employment opportunities in this sector right across the board.However, recent figures show that confidence is rising in virtually all sectors of the motor industry, with the forestry sector for heavy machinery coming in very strongly on the job market. This is reflected in the steadily increasing numbers of jobs becoming available in the automotive industry.This is good news all round for anyone looking for mechanics jobs, car sales jobs etc and recent comments in this sector give a sense of optimism that there may be ‘some light at the end of the tunnel”. This may be due to the fact that several large road construction projects are due to start in the new year, meaning more automotive recruitment all round.Data recently released, shows significant growth in new areas of the employment market which matches reports of growth in emerging New Zealand motor industry jobs. More good news for the automotive sector is the effect of the recent Fonterra payouts to the farming sector. This, in turn, will prove a boon to the local farm machinery companies, resulting in more job opportunities with these companies.Interestingly, there has been a turnaround by New Zealand Immigration’s ‘shortages list’ to include Automotive Technicians, which gives even more reason for optimism that this sector of the job market has an even brighter outlook, with rising numbers of new job advertisements, forty-five percent higher than at the same time last year.So, taking all of this into consideration, it would appear that automotive employment opportunities are on the up and up. This is good news indeed for all sectors of automotive recruitment, whether it be in industry (private and public works), farming or car sales.Regarding the industrial sector, it is reported that there has been a steady increase in heavy automotive and equipment vacancies, which could increase exponentially as the automotive employment opportunities in general continue to rise.