The number of skilled vacancies advertised online in New Zealand has risen to its highest level in nearly six years, as the Canterbury rebuild increased demand for skilled construction workers and engineers.

The skilled vacancies index increased rose 1.1 per cent to a seasonally adjusted 121.5 in December, the highest level it’s been since April 2008, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Jobs Online report shows. On an annual basis, skilled vacancies climbed 7.4 per cent in the year to December,…