Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - March 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 1.3 per cent in March 2017, compared to 0.8 percent – the average monthly growth since March 2015. Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 14.2 per cent.
  • Vacancies increased in six out of eight industry groups. The biggest contributors were hospitality and tourism and sales, retail, marketing and advertising (both up 1.6 per cent). The only fall was for information technology (down 0.7 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increases were for technicians and trade workers and sales (both up 1.3 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all skill levels. The largest increases were in skilled (up 1.5 per cent), followed by highly skilled and unskilled (both up 1.3 per cent) occupations.
  • Vacancies increased in all ten regions. The biggest increase was in the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (up 3.0 per cent) region.

 

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 increased in six out of eight industry groups

In March, job vacancies increased in six out of eight industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest contributors were hospitality and tourism and sales, retail, marketing and advertising industry groups (both up 1.6 per cent). Job vacancies remained the same in accounting, human resources, legal and administration industry. The only fall was for information technology (down 0.7 per cent). Over the year, growth was spread across seven out of eight industry groups.

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Feb 17 - Mar 17)
Annual change
(Mar 16 - Mar 17)
Accounting, human resources, legal and administration [image] No change n/c [image] Up arrow. 3.9%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 13.5%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 20.3%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 12.5%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 15.3%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 0.7% [image] Down arrow. 9.0%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 14.3%
Other [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 20.5%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 14.2%
* The totals may not line up as each industry is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately.

 

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 March, vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increases were for technicians and trade workers and sales (both up 1.3 per cent). Over the year, job vacancies increased in all occupation groups.

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Feb 17 - Mar 17)
Annual change
(Mar 16 - Mar 17)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 13.5%
Professionals [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 9.9%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 12.7%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 8.5%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 11.3%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 19.7%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 28.2%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 20.3%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 14.2%
* The totals may not line up as each occupation is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately.

 

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 March, vacancies increased in all skill levels. The largest increases were for skilled (up 1.5 per cent), followed by highly skilled and unskilled (both up 1.3 per cent) occupations. Over the year, job vacancies also increased in all skill levels. Growth was strongest for the unskilled occupation.

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Feb 17 - Mar 17)
Annual change
(Mar 16 - Mar 17)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 10.3%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 18.1%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 10.6%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 15.9%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 21.6%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 14.2%
* The totals may not line up as each skill level is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately.

 

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

 

Job vacancies increased in all ten regions

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in all ten regions. The biggest increase was in Nelson/Tasman/ Marlborough/West Coast (up 3.0 per cent). Over the year, the number of vacancies increased in all ten regions.

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region
Monthly change
(Feb 17 - Mar 17)
Annual change
(Mar 16 - Mar 17)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 18.8%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 15.0%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 12.5%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 27.5%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 22.3%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 17.9%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 7.8%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 3.0% [image] Up arrow. 28.8%
Canterbury [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 2.5%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 24.1%
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 (August 2010 compared with May 2007) and the seasonal adjustment process does not adjust for Easter.

 

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

 

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
Revised
Previously Published*
Revised
Previously Published*
Percentage change (%)
Nov 16 1.1% 1.1% 12.6% 12.5%
Dec 16 1.0% 1.0% 12.6% 12.5%
Jan 17 1.1% 1.1% 13.2% 13.1%
Feb 17 1.1% 1.2% 13.8% 13.8%

* 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.