Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - March 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 rose in March 2016. The All Vacancies Index increased by 0.7 per cent.
  • Vacancies increased in four out of the eight industry groups. Two leading contributors were education and training (up 1.8 per cent) and construction and engineering (up 1.6 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in three out of the eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for technicians and trades workers (up 2.8 per cent) and managers (up 1.7 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in skilled occupations. Vacancies for semi-skilled jobs had the biggest increase (up 1.6 per cent), followed by skilled job vacancies (up 1.2 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in five out of ten regions. Over the past month, vacancies in Northland and Otago/Southland grew by 0.7 per cent, with Canterbury falling by 2.3 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 March

Vacancies advertised online showed an increase in March. The All Vacancies Index rose by 0.7 per cent. The increase in vacancies was spread across half of industry groups and occupation groups, with many changes being very small.

A small increase in the All Vacancies Index is consistent with a small upshift in ANZ’s employment intentions in March 2016[1].

Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 7.9 per cent.

 

Job vacancies increased in four industry groups

In March, job vacancies increased in four out of the eight industry groups (see Table 1). Two leading contributors were education and training (up 1.8 per cent) and construction and engineering (up 1.6 per cent). The largest decrease was healthcare and medical (down 0.7 per cent).

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Feb 16 - Mar 16)
Annual change
(Mar 15 - Mar 16)
Accounting, HR, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 9.9%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 12.4%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 1.8% [image] Up arrow. 7.5%
Healthcare and medical [image] Down arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 0.1%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Down arrow. 0.4% [image] Up arrow. 5.9%
Information technology [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Down arrow. 4.1%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 4.8%
Other [image] No change. 0.0% [image] Up arrow. 9.5%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 7.9%
* 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 March, job vacancies increased in all of the industry groups except IT. The biggest increases were in construction and engineering (up 12.4 per cent), followed by accounting, human resources, legal and administration (up 9.9 per cent). IT vacancies fell by 4.1 per cent over 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 decrease in four out of eight occupation groups

In March, vacancies decreased in most occupation groups. The largest increases were for technicians and trades workers (up 2.8 per cent) and managers (up 1.7 per cent). The largest decrease was for sales (down 1.2 percent).

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Feb 16 - Mar 16)
Annual change
(Mar 15 - Mar 16)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 9.7%
Professionals [image] No change. 0.0% [image] Up arrow. 1.7%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 2.8% [image] Up arrow. 15.7%
Clerical and administration [image] Down arrow. 0.6% [image] Up arrow. 2.4%
Community and personal services [image] Down arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 10.5%
Sales [image] Down arrow. 1.2% [image] Down arrow. 1.4%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Down arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 2.7%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 13.6%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 7.9%
* 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 occupation groups, except sales (down 1.4 per cent). The biggest increase was for technicians and trades workers (up 15.7 per cent), followed by labourers (up 13.6 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 higher skill levels

In March, the largest increases were for semi-skilled (up 1.6 per cent) followed by skilled (up 1.2 per cent)[2]. These were partially offset by decreases in low skilled (down 1.2 per cent) and unskilled (up 0.5 per cent).

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Feb 16 - Mar 16)
Annual change
(Mar 15 - Mar 16)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 4.5%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 10.0%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 15.5%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Down arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 2.6%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 9.7%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 7.9%
* 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 skill levels. The biggest increase was for semi-skilled (up 15.5 per cent), followed by skilled (up 10.0 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

Table 4: Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies*
  4-digit ANZSCO title
% change Mar
2015 to Mar 2016
Managers
1 Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers 38%
2 Health and Welfare Services Managers 36%
3 Supply and Distribution Managers 30%
4 Cafe and Restaurant Managers 23%
5 Construction Managers 17%
Professionals
1 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 97%
2 Occupational Therapists 55%
3 Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 48%
4 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 41%
5 Urban and Regional Planners 39%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Plasterers 107%
2 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 77%
3 Glaziers 68%
4 Gardeners 56%
5 Floor Finishers 51%
Community and personal services
1 Beauty Therapists 18%
2 Waiters 12%
Clerical and administration
1 Other Clerical and Office Support Workers 50%
2 Keyboard Operators 23%
3 Office Managers 22%
4 Personal Assistants 21%
Sales
1 Real Estate Sales Agents 52%
Machinery drivers and operators
  Other Mobile Plant Operators 13%
1 Storepersons 9%
Labourers
1 Freight and Furniture Handlers 36%
2 Kitchenhands 22%
3 Packers 19%
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 five out of ten regions over the past month

Over the past month, the number of vacancies increased in five out of ten regions. Northland and Otago/Southland grew by 0.7 per cent. The largest decrease was in Canterbury (down 2.3  percent). Over the year, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay had the biggest increases in vacancies, up 15.2 and 10.4 per cent respectively.  Canterbury had the biggest decrease of 8.8 per cent.

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region2
Monthly change
(Feb 16 - Mar 16)
Annual change
(Mar 15 - Mar 16)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 6.9%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 9.2%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 15.2%
Waikato [image] No change. 0.0% [image] Down arrow. 0.1%
Gisborne/Hawkes Bay [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 10.4%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Down arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 2.1%
Wellington [image] Down arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 3.9%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Down arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 5.0%
Canterbury [image] Down arrow. 2.3% [image] Down arrow. 8.8%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 10.2%
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.
2The totals may not line up as each industry is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series 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 decrease over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury fell by 2.3 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The decrease was led by community and personal services (down 4.0 per cent), followed by professionals (down 2.9 per cent). The biggest increase was for the labourers (up 3.6 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 in construction and engineering (down 2.8 per cent) and healthcare and medical (down 1.6 per cent). The biggest increase was in education and training (up 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 (%)
Nov 15 1.5% 1.3% 5.7% 5.6%
Dec 15 1.0% 0.6% 6.6% 6.2%
Jan 16 0.5% -0.2% 6.9% 5.6%
Feb 16 0.4% -0.5% 7.1% 4.7%

* 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, March 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.