Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - September 2017

Jobs Online changes in online job advertisements from four internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, Education Gazette and KiwiHealth jobs. Information on job vacancies is an important indicator of labour demand. Labour demand tells us about economic changes resulting in job openings for people to produce goods and services. The trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.

The All Vacancies Index had a slight increase of 0.4 per cent in the month to September 2017.

  • Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 9.6 per cent.
  • Vacancies increased in one out of eight industry groups. The only contributor was healthcare and medical (up 1.0 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in six out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 1.1 per cent) and machinery drivers (up 0.9 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in one out of five skill levels. The only increase was in low skilled (up 0.5 per cent) occupation.
  • Vacancies increased in seven out of ten regions over the month, with the biggest increase in Otago/Southland (up 1.3 per cent).

 

Figure 1: All Vacancies Index
Seasonally adjusted and trend series (Aug10=100)

[image] Figure 1. All Vacancies Index

Data table for Figure 1

Only increase in job vacancies for healthcare and medical

In September, job vacancies increased in one out of eight industry groups (see Table 1). The only contributor was healthcare and medical (up 1.0 per cent). Over the year, growth occurred in five out of eight industry groups.

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Aug 17 - Sep 17)
Annual change
(Sep 16 - Sep 17)
Accounting, human resources, legal and administration [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Down arrow. 1.7%
Construction and engineering [image] No Change. n/c [image] Up arrow. 15.3%
Education and training [image] Down arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 3.3%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 6.1%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Down arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 1.7%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 0.3% [image] Down arrow. 8.9%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Down arrow. 0.3% [image] No Change. n/c
Other [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 15.8%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 9.6%
* 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 (Aug10=100)

[image] Figure 2: Vacancies by industry

Data table for Figure 2

 

Biggest increases in job vacancies for machinery drivers and technicians and trades workers

In September, vacancies increased in six out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 1.1 per cent) and machinery drivers (up 0.9 per cent). Over the year, job vacancies grew in all occupation groups.

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Aug 17 - Sep 17)
Annual change
(Sep 16 - Sep 17)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 3.7%
Professionals [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 5.4%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Down arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 2.6%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 4.6%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 1.4%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 5.9%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 28.1%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 27.2%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 9.6%
* 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 (Aug10=100)

[image] Figure 3: All Vacancies Index by occupation

Data table for figure 3

 

Biggest increase in low skilled vacancies

In September, vacancies increased in one out of five skill levels. The largest increase was for low skilled (up 0.5 per cent) occupation. Over the year, job vacancies increased in four out of five skill levels.

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Aug 17 - Sep 17)
Annual change
(Sep 16 - Sep 17)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Down arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 3.4%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Down arrow. 11.4% [image] Down arrow. 8.1%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Down arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 2.9%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 11.7%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 12.4%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 9.6%
* 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 (Aug10=100)

[image] Figure 4

Data table for figure 4

 

Highest job vacancies increase in the Otago/Southland region

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in seven out of ten regions. The biggest increase was in Otago/Southland (up 1.3 per cent). Over the year, the number of vacancies increased in all ten regions.

Table 4: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region
Monthly change
(Aug 17 - Sep 17)
Annual change
(Sep 16 - Sep 17)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 26.4%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 4.4%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 5.5%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 18.2%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 10.4%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] No Change. n/c [image] Up arrow. 15.1%
Wellington [image] Down arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 7.1%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 27.3%
Canterbury [image] No Change. n/c [image] Up arrow. 5.9%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 23.6%
1 Longer time series for a five regions grouping [XLSX 243KB]. The values and directions of change reported in table 4 of this report may differ to figure 1 in the five region 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. The totals may not line up as each region is individually seasonally adjusted, while the totals for the All Vacancies Index are seasonally adjusted.

 

Figure 5: All Vacancies Index by region,
Trend series (Aug 10=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 (%)
May 17 0.7% 0.7% 11.8% 11.9%
Jun 17 0.7% 0.6% 11.4% 11.4%
Jul 17 0.6% 0.6% 11.0% 10.7%
Aug 17 0.5% 0.4% 10.4% 10.0%

* 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.