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Jobs Online monthly report - October 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 and changes to the economy. The trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility..

Changes to the reporting of Jobs Online

From next month, only basic highlights and data sets will be published monthly. Every quarter, from January 2018, a report that is similar to the current report will be published.

The All Vacancies Index had a slight increase of 0.1 per cent in the month of October 2017.

  • Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 8.2 per cent.
  • Vacancies increased in five out of eight industry groups. The largest contributor was the healthcare and medical industry (up 1.1 per cent). The biggest fall was for the information technology industry (down 1.1 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers (up 2.2 per cent) and labourers (up 1.6 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in four out of five skill levels. The largest increase was for low skilled (up 1.0 per cent) occupation.
  • Vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions over the month, with the biggest increase in Otago/Southland (up 1.5 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

Large increase in job vacancies for healthcare and medical

In October, job vacancies increased in five out of eight industry groups (see Table 1). The largest contributor was the healthcare and medical industry (up 1.1 per cent). The biggest fall was for the information technology industry (down 1.1 per cent). Over the year, growth occurred in six out of eight industry groups.

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Sep 17 - Oct 17)
Annual change
(Oct 16 - Oct 17)
Accounting, human resources, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 0.4%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 14.7%
Education and training [image] Down arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 0.7%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 9.2%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 2.6%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 1.1% [image] Down arrow. 8.0%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] No Change. n/c [image] Down arrow. 1.7%
Other [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 18.8%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 8.2%
* 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 (Aug10=100)

[image] Figure 2: Vacancies by industry

Data table for Figure 2

 

Biggest increases in job vacancies for machinery drivers and labourers

In October, vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers (up 2.2 per cent) and labourers (up 1.6 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
(Sep 17 - Oct 17)
Annual change
(Oct 16 - Oct 17)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 6.1%
Professionals [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 4.9%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 4.2%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 5.7%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 0.9%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 5.0%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 2.2% [image] Up arrow. 29.9%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 29.0%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 8.2%
* 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 (Aug10=100)

[image] Figure 3: All Vacancies Index by occupation

Data table for figure 3

 

Biggest increase in low skilled vacancies

In October, vacancies increased in four out of five skill levels. The largest increase was for the low skilled (up 1.0 per cent) occupation group. Over the year, job vacancies increased in all five skill levels.

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Sep 17 - Oct 17)
Annual change
(Oct 16 - Oct 17)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 6.2%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 0.5%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 4.6%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 12.9%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 13.8%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 8.2%
* 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 (Aug10=100)

Figure 4: All Vacancies Index by skill level

Data table for figure 4

 

Highest job vacancies increase in the Otago/Southland region

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions. The biggest increase was in Otago/Southland (up 1.5 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
(Sep 17 - Oct 17)
Annual change
(Oct 16 - Oct 17)
Northand [image] No Change. n/c [image] Up arrow. 21.8%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 3.5%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 10.3%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 19.7%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 8.4%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 16.2%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 10.8%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 32.4%
Canterbury [image] Down arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 3.1%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 24.4%
Total job vacancies [image] No Change. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 8.2%

 

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 (%)
Jun 17 0.6% 0.7% 11.6% 11.4%
Jul 17 0.5% 0.6% 11.0% 11.0%
Aug 17 0.4% 0.5% 10.4% 10.4%
Sep 17 0.3% 0.4% 9.4% 9.6%

* 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.