Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - July 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

  • The All Vacancies Index increased by 0.2 per cent in July 2016.
  • Vacancies increased in six out of eight industry groups. The main contributor was hospitality and tourism (up 3.1 per cent). The biggest fall was for construction and engineering (down by 1.6 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in seven out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for sales (up 1.8 per cent) and labourers (up 1.6 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in four out of five skill levels. Vacancies for skilled jobs had the biggest increase (up 1.7 per cent), followed by semi-skilled job vacancies (up 1.5 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. Over the past month, vacancies grew strongest in the Bay of Plenty (up 2.7 per cent), Waikato (up 2.0 per cent) and Nelson/ Tasman/ Marlborough/ West Coast (up 1.9 per cent) regions.

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 were steady in July

Vacancies advertised online were steady in July. The All Vacancies Index increased by 0.2 per cent. The biggest increases were in the hospitality and tourism industry (up 3.1 per cent) and sales occupation group (up 1.8 per cent). These were offset by decreases for the construction and engineering industry (down 1.6 per cent) and the professionals’ occupation group (down 0.5 per cent).

The steady growth in the All Vacancies Index is consistent with the July 2016 ANZ Business Outlook[1] which showed that the firms’ own activity expectations, employment and investment intentions continue to point to robust growth.

Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 12.7 per cent.

 

Job vacancies increased in six out of eight industry groups

In July, job vacancies increased in six out of the eight industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest contributor was hospitality and tourism (up 3.1 per cent). The biggest fall was for construction and engineering (down by 1.6 per cent).

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Jun 16 - Jul 16)
Annual change
(Jul 15 - Jul 16)
Accounting, HR, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 11.8%
Construction and engineering [image] Down arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 9.9%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 10.8%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 3.5%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 3.1% [image] Up arrow. 23.1%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 0.3%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 8.1%
Other [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 17.4%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 12.7%
* 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 July, job vacancies increased in all eight industry groups. Among the biggest increases were hospitality and tourism (23.1 per cent), followed by accounting, HR, legal and admin (up 11.8 per cent).

 

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 seven of the eight occupation groups

In July, vacancies increased in seven of the eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for sales (up 1.8 per cent) and labourers (up 1.6 per cent). The only fall was for professionals (down 0.5 per cent).

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Jun 16 - Jul 16)
Annual change
(Jul 15 - Jul 16)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 13.6%
Professionals [image] Down arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 5.0%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 25.3%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 9.2%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 9.3%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 1.8% [image] Up arrow. 5.2%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 21.6%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 32.0%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 12.7%
* The totals may not line up as each occupation is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately

Over the year, job vacancies increased in all of the occupation groups. The biggest increase was for labourers (up 32.0 per cent), followed by technicians and trades workers (up 25.3 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 increased in four out of five skill levels

In July, there were increases in vacancies across four out of five of the skill levels. The largest increases were for skilled (up 1.7 per cent), followed by semi-skilled (up 1.5 per cent)[2]. The only decrease was for highly skilled occupations (down 0.6 per cent).

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Jun 16 - Jul 16)
Annual change
(Jul 15 - Jul 16)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Down arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 8.4%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 14.1%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 22.1%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 9.9%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 16.6%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 12.7%
* The totals may not line up as each skill level 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 distributed across some occupation groups. The difference in the monthly changes for the skill level and the total vacancies is due to a decrease in the uncoded vacancies and the the larger percentage increases being distributed amongst the smaller data sets.

Over the year, job vacancies increased in all skill levels. The biggest increase was for semi-skilled (up 22.1 per cent), followed by unskilled (up 16.6 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

Over the year, the fastest growing occupations were (for managers) conference and event organisers, (for professionals) environmental scientists, (for technicians and trades workers) air- conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, (for community and personal services) security officers and guards, (for clerical and administration) other clerical and office support workers, (for sales) real estate sales agents, (for machinery drivers) other machine operators, and (for labourers) concreters.

Table 4: Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies*
  4-digit ANZSCO title
% change Jul
2015 to Jul 2016
Managers
1 Conference and Event Organisers 44%
2 Livestock Farmers 37%
3 General Managers 35%
4 Human Resource Managers 34%
5 Cafe and Restaurant Managers 34%
Professionals
1 Environmental Scientists 150%
2 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 87%
3 Social Professionals 63%
4 Authors, and Book and Script Editors 62%
5 Urban and Regional Planners 61%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 113%
2 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 108%
3 Plasterers 56%
4 Roof Tilers 50%
5 Painting Trades Workers 48%
Community and personal services
1 Security Officers and Guards 39%
2 Other Hospitality Workers 37%
Clerical and administration
1 Other Clerical and Office Support Workers 70%
2 Conveyancers and Legal Executives 41%
3 Personal Assistants 38%
4 Keyboard Operators 34%
5 Call or Contact Centre Workers 22%
Sales
1 Real Estate Sales Agents 18%
2 Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons 17%
Machinery drivers and operators
 1 Other Machine Operators 29%
2 Earthmoving Plant Operators 25%
3 Delivery Drivers 25%
Labourers
1 Concreters 110%
2 Car Detailers 73%
3 Building and Plumbing Labourers 55%
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 nine out of ten regions over the past month

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. The biggest increases were in Bay of Plenty (up 2.7 per cent), Waikato (up 2.0 per cent) and Nelson/ Tasman/ Marlborough/ West Coast (up 1.9 per cent).

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region2
Monthly change
(Jun 16 - Jul 16)
Annual change
(Jul 15 - Jul 16)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 27.3%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 26.9%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 2.7% [image] Up arrow. 49.2%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 33.4%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 36.8%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 1.8% [image] Up arrow. 31.0%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 25.3%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 39.1%
Canterbury [image] Down arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 7.1%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 21.0%
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: Vacancies by region

Data table for Figure 5

Vacancies in Canterbury decreased over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury fell by 0.4 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The decrease was led by clerical and administration (down 2.4 per cent), followed by machinery drivers (down by 1.7 per cent). The biggest increase was for sales (up 2.8 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 decreases were led by construction and engineering (down by 2.3 per cent), followed by accounting, HR, legal and admin (down by 2.2 per cent). The biggest increase was for education and training (up by 1.0 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 (%)
Mar 16 1.0% 1.1% 7.9% 7.8%
Apr 16 1.4% 1.5% 9.9% 9.8%
May 16 1.4% 1.6% 11.9% 11.9%
Jun 16 0.8% 1.2% 12.9% 13.5%

* 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 July 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 the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.