Vacancies common but competition strong
Competition for receptionist jobs is high, but vacancies are common because:
- the industry is large, employing about 24,000 people
- turnover is high, as the pay is low and workers progress to higher-paying positions.
The number of receptionists in New Zealand is projected to increase to 26,000 by 2021.
According to the Census, 22,920 receptionists worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Administration and customer service skills in demand
Your chances of securing a job as a receptionist are best if you have both administration skills and experience dealing with customers or clients.
Types of employers varied
Receptionists work for many types of organisations in the private and public sector, including:
- hotels and motels
- dental, health, medical or physiotherapist clinics
- public and private hospitals
- various businesses
- government departments.