Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - October 2016

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 1.1 per cent in October 2016.
  • Vacancies increased in seven out of eight industry groups. The main contributors were healthcare and medical (up 1.7 per cent) and construction and engineering (up 1.2 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all of the eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery operators and drivers (up 2.2 per cent), sales (up 1.9 per cent), and labourers (up 1.7 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in four of the five skill levels. Vacancies for unskilled jobs had the biggest increase  (up 2.1 per cent), followed by low skilled, and skilled (both up 1.5 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions. Vacancies grew most strongly in Otago/Southland (up 1.4 per cent) and Auckland (up 1.1 percent). The only falls were for Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (down 1.1 per cent) and Canterbury (down 0.2 per cent).

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

[image] Figure 1

Data table for Figure 1

Job vacancies grew in October

Vacancies advertised online grew in October. The All Vacancies Index increased by 1.1 per cent. The biggest increases were in the machinery operators and drivers occupation group (up 2.2 per cent) and the healthcare and medical industry (up 1.7 per cent).  Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 12.9 per cent.

The steady growth in the All Vacancies Index is consistent with the October 2016 ANZ Business Outlook[1] which showed that with business confidence is remains high, with only a small reduction for October. In addition, 21 per cent of firms reported an intention to hire more people over the coming year, only 4 percentage points below September, but still high. The construction sector showed particular confidence.

 

Job vacancies increased in seven industry groups

In October, job vacancies increased in seven of the eight industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest contributors were healthcare and medical (up 1.7 per cent) and construction and engineering (up 1.2 per cent). The only fall was information technology (down 0.1 per cent).

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Sep 16 - Oct 16)
Annual change
(Oct 15 - Oct 16)
Accounting, HR, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 6.7%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 13.4%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 17.2%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 9.7%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 20.2%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 2.5%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 11.3%
Other [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 15.6%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 12.9%
* 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 October, job vacancies increased in all industry groups. The biggest increase was in hospitality and tourism (up 20.2 per cent), followed by education and training (up 17.2 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 all occupation groups

In October, vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The largest increases were machinery operators and drivers (up 2.2 per cent), sales (up 1.9 per cent), and labourers (up 1.7 per cent).

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Sep 16 - Oct 16)
Annual change
(Oct 15 - Oct 16)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 14.9%
Professionals [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 6.2%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 15.2%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 9.2%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 7.0%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 11.6%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 2.2% [image] Up arrow. 25.9%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 24.1%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 12.9%
* 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 eight occupation groups. The biggest increase was for machinery drivers and operators (up 25.9 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 most skill levels

In October, all vacancies increased across most skill levels. The largest increases were the unskilled occupations (up 2.1 per cent), followed by low skilled, and skilled (both up 1.5 per cent)[2].

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Sep 16 - Oct 16)
Annual change
(Oct 15 - Oct 16)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 9.4%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 15.6%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 12.4%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 14.4%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.1% [image] Up arrow. 19.8%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 12.9%
* 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 increased in all five skill levels. The biggest increase was for unskilled (up 19.8 per cent), followed by skilled (up 15.6 per cent) vacancies.

 

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

[image] Figure 4: Vacancies 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 Oct
2015 to Oct 2016
Managers
1 Conference and Event Organisers 76%
2 Health and Welfare Services Managers 64%
3 Corporate Services Managers 35%
4 Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers 33%
5 General Managers 28%
Professionals
1 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 185%
2 Environmental Scientists 157%
3 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 73%
4 Social Workers 62%
5 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 39%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 104%
2 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 86%
3 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 76%
4 Other Building and Engineering Technicians 73%
5 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 53%
Community and personal services
1 Security Officers and Guards 54%
2 Other Hospitality Workers 51%
3 Tourism and Travel Advisers 27%
Clerical and administration
1 Other Clerical and Office Support Workers 114%
2 Insurance, Money Market and Statistical Clerks 69%
3 Office Managers 26%
4 Personal Assistants 23%
5 Transport and Despatch Clerks 23%
Sales
1 Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers 29%
2 Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons 22%
3 Real Estate Sales Agents 18%
Machinery drivers and operators
 1 Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators 80%
2 Delivery Drivers 69%
3 Bus and Coach Drivers 42%
4 Earthmoving Plant Operators 41%
Labourers
1 Concreters 150%
2 Caretakers 118%
3 Packers 56%
*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 most regions over the past month

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions. The biggest increases were in Otago/Southland (up 1.4 per cent) and Auckland (up 1.1 per cent). The only falls were for Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (down 1.1 per cent) and Canterbury (down 0.2 per cent).

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region2
Monthly change
(Sep 16 - Oct 16)
Annual change
(Oct 15 - Oct 16)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 14.7%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 13.0%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 29.0%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 23.2%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 22.7%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 6.2%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 13.2%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Down arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 14.3%
Canterbury [image] Down arrow. 0.2% [image] Down arrow. 2.0%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 16.9%
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 Bay of Plenty (up 29.0 per cent) and Waikato (up 23.2 per cent). The only fall was for Canterbury (down 2.0 per cent).

 

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

[image] Figure 5

Data table for Figure 5

Vacancies in Canterbury decreased over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury fell by 0.2 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The decrease was driven by the professional (down 1.2 per cent) and the community and personal services occupation groups (down 1.1 per cent). The biggest increase was for labourers (up 2.3 per cent), which is consistent with the construction and engineering industry (up 0.8 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

 

Among the Canterbury industries, the decrease was led by IT (down by 2.3 per cent). The biggest increase was for hospitality and tourism (up 1.3 per cent).

Over the year, vacancies in Canterbury fell by 2.0 per cent. The increases were led by education and training (up by 12.0 per cent), followed by hospitality and tourism (up by 9.4per cent). The biggest decreases were for IT (down 16.2 per cent) and accounting, HR, legal and admin (down by 14.7 per cent).

 

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 (%)
Jun 16 1.2% 1.2% 13.2% 13.3%
Jul 16 0.8% 0.7% 13.6% 13.8%
Aug 16 0.8% 0.5% 13.5% 13.4%
Sep 16 1.1% 0.5% 13.3% 12.5%

* 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] ANZ Business Outlook October 2016.

[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.