Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - May 2016

Jobs Online measures changes in job vacancies advertised by businesses on 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

  • Online job vacancies grew in May 2016. The All Vacancies Index increased by 2.4 per cent.
  • Vacancies increased in all industry groups. The main contributors were hospitality and tourism (up 1.9 per cent) and education and training (up 1.7 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers and operators (up 3.6 per cent), labourers (up 3.4 per cent), and technicians and trades (up 3.1 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all skill levels. Vacancies for unskilled jobs had the biggest increase (up 2.5 per cent), followed by highly skilled and semi-skilled job vacancies (both up 2.4 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all ten regions. Over the past month, vacancies grew strongest in Bay of Plenty region (up 3.0 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

Increase in vacancies for May

Vacancies advertised online showed an increase in May. The All Vacancies Index increased by 2.4 per cent. The increase in vacancies was spread across all eight industry groups and occupation groups, with the biggest increase in the hospitality and tourism industry (up 1.9 per cent) and machinery drivers’ occupation group (up 3.6 per cent).

An increase in the All Vacancies Index is consistent with the latest ANZ Business Outlook, which showed that business confidence grew in May1.

Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 13.4 per cent.

 

Job vacancies increased in all eight industry groups

In May, job vacancies increased in all of the eight industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest contributor was hospitality and tourism (up 1.9 per cent). The smallest increase was healthcare and medical (up 0.5 per cent).

The ‘Other’ classification includes the industries that are too small to be counted separately. When taken as a whole, the combination of all of these smaller industries has provided the greatest increase (up 3.4 per cent).

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Apr 16 - May 16)
Annual change
(May 15 - May 16)
Accounting, HR, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 11.8%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 18.7%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 9.2%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 2.5%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 12.8%
Information technology [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 0.5%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 6.4%
Other [image] Up arrow. 3.4% [image] Up arrow. 19.7%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 2.4% [image] Up arrow. 13.4%
* 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 May, job vacancies increased in all of eight of the industry groups. Among the biggest increases were construction and engineering (up 18.7 per cent), followed by hospitality and tourism (up 12.8 per cent). The smallest increase was for information technology vacancies rose by 0.5 per cent over the year.

The Other category rose by 19.7 per cent for the year.

 

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 of the occupation groups

In May, vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers (up 3.6 per cent) and labourers (up 3.4 per cent). The smallest increase was for sales (up 0.1 per cent).

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Apr 16 - May 16)
Annual change
(May 15 - May 16)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 1.8% [image] Up arrow. 14.2%
Professionals [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 5.7%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 3.1% [image] Up arrow. 24.1%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 4.2%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 10.8%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] No change n/c
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 3.6% [image] Up arrow. 20.5%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 3.4% [image] Up arrow. 33.5%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 2.4% [image] Up arrow. 13.4%
* 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, job vacancies increased in all of eight occupation groups, except sales (no change). The biggest increase was for labourers (up 33.5 per cent), followed by technicians and trades workers (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 increase in all five skill levels

In May, there were increases in vacancies across all skill levels. The largest increases were for unskilled (up 2.5 per cent), followed by highly skilled and semi-skilled (both up 2.4 per cent)[2] and skilled (up 1.6 per cent).

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Apr 16 - May 16)
Annual change
(May 15 - May 16)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.4% [image] Up arrow. 9.6%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 10.6%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.4% [image] Up arrow. 20.7%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 8.0%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.5% [image] Up arrow. 18.1%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 2.4% [image] Up arrow. 13.4%
* The totals may not line up as each industry is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately. The direction in the change may not directly match the changes reported for the occupation groups as the skill levels are distrusted across some occupation groups.

Over the year, job vacancies increased in all skill levels. The biggest increase was for semi-skilled (up 20.7 per cent), followed by unskilled (up 18.1 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

Occupations with the highest annual percentage increases in online vacancies are shown in the table below. Over the year, the fastest growing occupations were (for managers) health and welfare services managers, (for professionals) occupational and environmental health professionals, (for technicians and trades workers) air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics (for Community and Personal Services) other hospitality workers, (for clerical and administration) other clerical and office support workers, (for sales) real estate sales agents, (for machinery drivers) other stationary plant operators, and (for labourers) concreters.

Table 4: Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies*
  4-digit ANZSCO title
% change May
2015 to May 2016
Managers
1 Health and Welfare Services Managers 58%
2 General Managers 41%
3 Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers 31%
4 Conference and Event Organisers 30%
5 Supply and Disribution Managers 30%
Professionals
1 Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 73%
2 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers
52%
3 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 51%
4 Urban and Regional Planners 46%
5 Public Relations Professionals 41%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 112%
2 Roof Tilers 71%
3 Cabinetmakers 67%
4 Gardeners 55%
5 Glaziers 52%
Community and personal services
1 Other Hospitality Workers 20%
2 Security Officers and Guards 20%
Clerical and administration
1 Other Clerical and Office Support Workers 72%
2 Credit and Loans Officers 36%
3 Keyboard Operators 33%
4 Personal Assistants 28%
5 Couriers and Postal Deliverers 26%
Sales
1 Real Estate Sales Agents 16%
Machinery drivers and operators
 1 Other Stationary Plant Operators 42%
2 Other Mobile Plant Operators 41%
3 Other Machine Operators 40%
Labourers
1 Concreters 92%
2 Freight and Furniture Handlers 69%
3 Car Detailers 53%
Occupation titles are based on a 4-digit ANZCO classification.
Vacancies are summed over three months.
*See all the detailed occupation data.

Job vacancies increased in all ten regions over the past month

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in all ten regions. The biggest increases were in Bay of Plenty (up 3.0 per cent), Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (1.9 per cent) followed closely by Auckland, Otago/Southland and Waikato (all up 1.7 per cent). Canterbury had the smallest increase (up 0.3 per cent).

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region2
Monthly change
(Apr 16 - May 16)
Annual change
(May 15 - May 16)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 27.3%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 30.1%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 3.0% [image] Up arrow. 44.6%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 23.1%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 31.4%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 20.9%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 24.2%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 32.6%
Canterbury [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 6.5%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 18.7%
1 Longer time series for a five regions grouping. The values and directions of change reported in table 4 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: Vacancies by region

Data table for Figure 5

Vacancies in Canterbury are steady over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury were steady with growth of 0.3 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The increase was led by sales (up 1.9 per cent), followed by technicians and trades (up 0.8 per cent). The biggest decrease was for machinery drivers (down 1.9 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 largest increases were in construction and engineering (up 1.8 percent, education and training (up 1.5 per cent), and hospitality and tourism (up 1.4 per cent). The largest decrease was in accounting, human resources, legal and administration (down 0.6 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 (%)
Jan 16 0.2% 0.5% 6.3% 6.3%
Feb 16 0.2% 0.6% 6.2% 6.5%
Mar 16 0.5% 1.3% 6.8% 7.8%
Apr 16 0.6% 2.0% 7.7% 10.3%

* 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] Quarterly Labour Market Scorecard - May 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 Australian Bureau of Statistics website.