Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - January 2017

Jobs Online measures changes in online job advertisements from three internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs and the Education Gazette. The trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.

Highlights

  • The All Vacancies Index increased by 0.5 per cent in January 2017.
  • Job advertisement growth was concentrated in a small number of industry groups. Growth was concentrated in the construction and engineering (up 1.2 per cent), education and training (up 0.6 per cent) industries. The growth was partially offset by falls in information technology (down 1.9 per cent) and accounting, human resources, legal and administration (down 0.3 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in seven out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 1.4 per cent), and machinery drivers (up 1.1 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all skill levels. Vacancies for low skilled jobs had the biggest increase (up 0.8 per cent), followed by unskilled (up 0.7 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. Vacancies grew most strongly in Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (up 1.7 per cent), and Manawatu-Wanganui/Taranaki (up 1.5 per cent). The only fall was in Canterbury (down 1.0 per cent).

 

Figure 1: All Vacancies Index
Seasonally adjusted and trend series (May 2007=100)

[image] Figure 1. All Vacancies Index

Data table for Figure 1

Job vacancies grew in January

Vacancies advertised online increased in January. The All Vacancies Index increased by 0.5 per cent. The biggest increases were in the labourers’ occupation group (up 1.4 per cent) and the construction and engineering industry (up 1.2 per cent).

Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 12.0 per cent. The steady growth in the All Vacancies Index is consistent with the December 2016 results from the Household Labour Force Survey1 that showed growth in employment of 0.8 per cent over the last quarter, indicating that labour demand remains strong.

Job vacancies growth concentrated in a small number of industry groups

In January, job vacancies growth was concentrated in three out of eight industry groups (see Table 1). The growth was concentrated in the construction and engineering (up 1.2 per cent), and education and training (up 0.6 per cent). The growth was partially offset by falls in information technology (down 1.9 per cent) and accounting, human resources, legal and administration (down 0.3 per cent).

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Dec 16 - Jan 17)
Annual change
(Jan 16 - Jan 17)
Accounting, human resources, legal and administration [image] Down arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 3.8%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 12.1%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 16.7%
Healthcare and medical [image] No change n/c [image] Up arrow. 8.7%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 12.9%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 1.9% [image] Down arrow. 7.3%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Down arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 8.7%
Other [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 20.0%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 12.0%
* The totals may not line up as each industry is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately.

Over the year to January, job vacancies increased in seven out of eight industry groups. The biggest increases included education and training (up 16.7 per cent), followed by hospitality and tourism (up 12.9 per cent), and construction and engineering (up 12.1 per cent).

 

Figure 2: All Vacancies Index by industry
Trend series (May 2007=100)

[image] Figure 2: Vacancies by industry

Data table for Figure 2

 

Job vacancies increased in seven out of eight occupation groups

In January, vacancies increased in seven out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 1.4 per cent) and machinery drivers (up 1.1 per cent).

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Dec 16 - Jan 17)
Annual change
(Jan 16 - Jan 17)
Managers [image] No change n/c [image] Up arrow. 9.9%
Professionals [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 6.6%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 12.5%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 6.8%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 9.5%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 14.6%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 27.6%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 24.1%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 12.0%
* The totals may not line up as each occupation is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately.

Over the year, job vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The biggest increase was for machinery drivers and operators (up 27.6 per cent), followed by labourers (up 24.1 per cent).

 

Figure 3: All Vacancies Index by occupation
Trend series (May 2007=100)

[image] Figure 3: Vacancies by occupation

Data table for figure 3

 

Job vacancies increased in all skill levels

In January, vacancies increased in all skill levels. The largest increases were in low skilled (up 0.8 per cent), and unskilled (up 0.7 per cent)[2] occupations.

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Dec 16 - Jan 17)
Annual change
(Jan 16 - Jan 17)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 7.2%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 11.4%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 10.8%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 15.7%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 20.7%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 12.0%
* The totals may not line up as each skill level is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately.

Over the year, job vacancies also increased in all skill levels. The biggest increase was for unskilled (up 20.7 per cent), followed by low skilled (up 15.7 per cent) vacancies.

 

Figure 4: All Vacancies Index by skill level
Trend series (May 2007=100)

[image] Figure 4 All Vacancies Index by skill level

Data table for figure 4

 

Fastest growing occupations

Table 4 expands on Table 2, showing the fastest growing occupations in more detail.

Table 4: Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies*
  4-digit ANZSCO title
% change Jan
2016 to Jan 2017
Managers
1 Engineering Managers 71%
2 Production Managers 35%
3 Conference and Event Organisers 34%
4 Construction Managers 27%
5 Other Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers 25%
Professionals
1 Environmental Scientists 116%
2 Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers 61%
3 Other Engineering Professionals 57%
4 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 57%
5 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 54%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 87%
2 Greenkeepers 69%
3 Other Building and Engineering Technicians 65%
4 Cabinetmakers 57%
5 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 49%
Community and personal services
1 Security Officers and Guards 59%
2 Other Hospitality Workers 31%
3 Aged and Disabled Carers 22%
Clerical and administration
1 Other Clerical and Office Support Workers 88%
2 Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors 88%
3 Insurance, Money Market and Statistical Clerks 68%
4 Transport and Despatch Clerks 31%
5 Payroll Clerks 29%
Sales
1 Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons 28%
2 Telemarketers 22%
3 Models and Sales Demonstrators 19%
Machinery drivers
 1 Delivery Drivers 109%
2 Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators 89%
3 Other Stationary Plant Operators 49%
4 Bus and Coach Drivers 36%
Labourers
1 Other Cleaners 61%
2 Freight and Furniture Handlers 43%
3 Packers 39%
*Occupation titles are based on a 4-digit ANZSCO classification.
Vacancies are summed over three months.
*See all the detailed occupation data.

Job vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions over the past month

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. The biggest increases were in Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (up 1.7 per cent), and Manawatu-Wanganui/Taranaki (up 1.5 per cent). The only fall was in Canterbury (down 1.0 per cent).

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region
Monthly change
(Dec 16 - Jan 17)
Annual change
(Jan 16 - Jan 17)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 12.4%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 14.1%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 17.4%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 26.5%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 27.5%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 13.2%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 6.3%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 19.5%
Canterbury [image] Down arrow. 1.0% [image] Down arrow. 3.2%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 20.7%
1 Longer time series for a five regions grouping. The values and directions of change reported in table 5 of this report may differ to table 1 in the five region report as the length of the data series is shorter (October 2010 compared with May 2007) and the seasonal adjustment process does not adjust for Easter

Over the year, the number of vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. The biggest increases were in Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay (up 27.5 per cent) and Waikato (up 26.5 per cent). Vacancies fell in Canterbury (down 3.2 per cent).

 

Figure 5: All Vacancies Index by region,
Trend series (Aug 2010=100)

[image] Figure 5; All Vacancies Index by region

Data table for Figure 5

Vacancies in Canterbury decreased over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury fell by 1.0 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The decrease was driven by the labourers (down 2.1 per cent) and community and personal services (down 1.2 per cent) occupation groups.

Over the year, vacancies in Canterbury fell by 3.2 per cent. The decreases were led by community and personal services (down 10.5 per cent) and clerical and administration (down 7.5 per cent). The biggest increases were for labourers (up 6.6 per cent), followed by machinery drivers (up 4.8 per cent).

 

Figure 6: All Vacancies Index by occupation, Canterbury Region
Trend series (Aug 2010=100)

[image] Figure 6: Vacancies by occupation for Canterbury

Data table for Figure 6

 

The main influences on the decrease in vacancies in the region were the healthcare and medical (down 3.8 per cent) and construction and engineering (down 2.4 per cent) industries. In contrast the biggest increases were for information technology (up 1.7 per cent) and hospitality and tourism (up 1.0 per cent).

The decreases over the year in Canterbury were led by information technology (down 14.6 per cent) and construction and engineering (down 12.4 per cent). The biggest increases were for hospitality and tourism (up 12.7 per cent), followed by education and training (up 2.3 per cent).

Job vacancies in the construction industry in Canterbury, over the past month and year, declined from recent highs, which is consistent with the rebuild levelling out.

 

Figure 7: All Vacancies Index by industry, Canterbury Region
Trend series (Aug 2010=100)

[image] Figure 7: Vacancies by industry for Canterbury

Data table for Figure 7

Revisions

Jobs Online is adjusted for seasonal variations. This may lead to noticeable revisions of previously published figures towards the end of the data series.

Table 6: Revisions summary – All Vacancies Index – trend
Month
All Vacancies Index
Monthly
Annual
Previously Published*
Revised
Previously Published*
Revised
Percentage change (%)
Sep 16 1.1% 1.1% 13.3% 13.3%
Oct 16 1.2% 1.1% 13.0% 13.1%
Nov 16 1.1% 0.9% 12.7% 12.5%
Dec 16 1.1% 0.7% 13.0% 12.1%

* Figures published last month.

For further information

For more information on Jobs Online, see the Background and Methodology report [PDF 905KB].

You can contact us at jobsonline@mbie.govt.nz.


Footnote

[1] Labour Market Scorecard.

[2] The Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) assigns each occupation to one of five skill levels. Skill levels one, two and three are considered skilled, while positions at skill level four or five are considered low skilled or unskilled. For more details refer to ANZCO dictionary.

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