Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - December 2015

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 rose in December 2015. The All Vacancies Index increased by 1.4 per cent.
  • Vacancies increased in most industry groups. The largest increase was in  hospitality and tourism (up 2.5 per cent) and the only decrease was in IT (down 1.1 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 4.7 per cent), followed by clerical and administration (up 2.5 per cent), and community and personal services (up 2.4 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all skill levels. Vacancies for unskilled job  had the biggest increase (up by 2.9 per cent) while highly skilled job vacancies rose at a smaller rate (up by 1.2 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions over the past month. Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast vacancies rose by 1.9 per cent, and Bay of Plenty vacancies rose by 1.8 per cent. The Manawatu-Wanganui/Taranaki region had the only decrease (down 0.3 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 December

Vacancies advertised online showed an increase in December. The All Vacancies Index grew by 1.4 per cent and the Skilled Vacancies Index fell by 0.4 per cent. The increase in vacancies was led by increases in the hospitality and tourism, and healthcare and medical industries, and in most occupation groups especially clerical/administration and community/personal services.

Increases in the All Vacancies Index are consistent with the latest ANZ Business Outlook, which showed that business optimism rose to the highest level since last April[1].

Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 6.8 per cent.

Job vacancies increased in seven out of eight industry groups

In December, job vacancies increased in all the industry groups (see Table 1), except IT. The biggest increases were in hospitality and tourism (up 2.5 per cent), followed by healthcare and medical rose by 1.2 percent, and education and training by 1.1 percent.

Over the year to December, job vacancies increased in the same seven industry groups. The biggest increases were in accounting, HR, legal and admin (up 11.4 per cent), followed by hospitality and tourism, (up 10.7 per cent) industry. Vacancies fell in the information technology (down by 16.4 per cent) industry over the year

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Nov 15 - Dec 15)
Annual change
(Dec 14 - Dec 15)
Accounting, HR, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 11.4%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 1.8%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 7.7%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 7.7%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 2.5% [image] Up arrow. 10.7%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 1.1% [image] Down arrow. 16.4%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 5.7%
Other [image] Up arrow. 2.6% [image] Up arrow. 16.2%
Total skilled job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 6.8%
* The totals may not line up as each industry is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total for job vacancies 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 increase in all occupation groups

In December, vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increase was for labourers (up by 4.7 per cent), followed by the clerical and administration (up by 2.5 per cent), and community and personal services (up by 2.4 per cent) occupation groups.

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Nov 15 - Dec 15)
Annual change
(Dec 14 - Dec 15)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 4.9%
Professionals [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 1.3%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 6.3%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 2.5% [image] Up arrow. 10.4%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 2.4% [image] Up arrow. 19.1%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 4.6%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 4.8%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 4.7% [image] Up arrow. 12.9%
Total vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 6.8%
* The totals may not line up as each occupation is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total for job vacancies is seasonally adjusted separately.

Over the year, job vacancies also increased in most occupation groups. The biggest increase was for community and personal services (up 19.1 per cent), followed by the labourers (up by 12.9 per cent) occupation group.

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 skill levels

In December, the largest increases were for unskilled (up 2.9 per cent) followed by low skilled  (up by 2.0 per cent) vacancies[2].

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Nov 15 - Dec 15)
Annual change
(Dec 14 - Dec 15)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 3.3%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 8.9%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 12.2%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 7.2%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.9% [image] Up arrow. 13.2%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 6.8%
* 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 skill levels. The biggest increase was for unskilled (up 13.2 per cent), followed by semi-skilled (up 12.2 per cent). There was an increase in the number of vacancies for highly skilled vacancies (up by 3.3 per cent).

 

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

[image] Figure 4: Vacancies by skill leve

Data table for figure 4

Fastest growing occupations

Table 4: Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies*
  4-digit ANZSCO title
% change Dec
2014 to Dec 2015
Managers
1 Production Managers 36%
2 Livestock Farmers 30%
3 Cafe and Restaurant Managers 28%
4 Other Specialist Managers 23%
5 Hotel and Motel Managers 22%
Professionals
1 Urban and Regional Planners 100%
2 Psychologists 77%
3 Medical Imaging Professionals 65%
4 Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 61%
5 Social Professionals 43%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Floor Finishers 104%
2 Science Technicians 37%
3 Plumbers 34%
4 Plasterers 31%
5 Gardeners 27%
Community and personal services
1 Dental Assistants 38%
2 Child Carers 38%
Clerical and administration
1 Conveyancers and Legal Executives 82%
2 Inquiry Clerks 63%
3 Couriers and Postal Deliverers 38%
4 Credit and Loans Officers 37%
Sales
1 Real Estate Sales Agents 67%
2 Insurance Agents 36%
3 Models and Sales Demonstrators 33%
Machinery drivers and operators
1 Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators 36%
2 Other Mobile Plant Operators 21%
3 Forklift Drivers 18%
Labourers
1 Product Assemblers 78%
2 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters 71%
3 Freight and Furniture Handlers 28%
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 nine out of ten regions over the last month

Over the last month, the number of vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. The largest increase was in the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (up 1.9 per cent) and Bay of Plenty (up 1.8 per cent). The only decrease was in Manawatu-Wanganui/Taranaki (down 0.3 per cent). Over the year, Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay had the biggest increase in vacancies (up 14.7 per cent).

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region2
Monthly change
(Nov 15 - Dec 15)
Annual change
(Dec 14 - Dec 15)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 3.3%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 7.7%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 1.8% [image] Up arrow. 7.4%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Down arrow. 1.3%
Gisborne/Hawkes Bay [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 14.7%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Down arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 3.7%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 0.5%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 1.8%
Canterbury [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Down arrow. 2.3%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 9.4%
1 Longer time series for the five regions grouping and includes vacancies for school teachers and principals from the Education Gazette. The values and directions of change reported in table 4 of this report m differ to table 1 in the five region report as the length of the data series is shorter (September 2010 compared with May 2007) and the seasonal adjustment process does not adjust for Easter.
2 The totals may not line up as each industry is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total for job vacancies is seasonally adjusted separately.

 

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 increase over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury grew by 0.4 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The increase was led by the technicians and trades workers (up by 3.0 per cent) and sales (up by 2.2 per cent) occupation groups. The only decreases were machinery operators and drivers (down 1.4 per cent) and clerical and administration (down 0.3 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

 

For industry, the largest increase was in the sales, retail, marketing and advertising industry (up 3.0 per cent), with hospitality and tourism up 1.2 per cent. The decreases were in construction and engineering (down 0.7 per cent) and IT (down 0.1 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 (%)
Aug 15 0.9 1.1 2.0 2.0
Sep 15 1.3 1.7 1.0 1.0
Oct 15 1.6 2.0 6.3 6.3
Nov 15 1.6 2.0 7.4 7.4

* 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 [PDF 149KB]

[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.