Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - August 2016

Jobs Online measures changes in online job advertisements from 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 1.4 per cent in August 2016.
  • Vacancies increased in all eight industry groups. The main contributors were hospitality and tourism (up 2.2 per cent) and sales (up 1.4 per cent) industries.
  • Vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers (up 2.7 per cent) and sales (up 1.8 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all five skill levels. Vacancies for low skilled jobs had the biggest increase (up 1.9 per cent), followed by unskilled job vacancies (up 1.6 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. Vacancies grew strongest in the Bay of Plenty (up 2.7 per cent) and Nelson / Tasman/ Marlborough /West Coast (up 2.5 per cent) regions. The only fall was in the Canterbury region (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

Job vacancies grew in August

Vacancies advertised online grew in August. The All Vacancies Index increased by 1.4 per cent. The biggest increases were in the hospitality and tourism industry (up 2.2 per cent) and machinery drivers occupation group (up 2.7 per cent).

The steady growth in the All Vacancies Index is consistent with the August 2016 ANZ Business Outlook[1] which showed that with business confidence is at an all-time high. In addition, employment intentions grew by 2 percentage points to 19 per cent.

Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 14.8 per cent.

 

Job vacancies increased in all industry groups

In August, job vacancies increased in all industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest contributors were the hospitality and tourism (up 2.2 per cent) and sales (up by 1.4 per cent).

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Jul 16 - Aug 16)
Annual change
(Aug 15 - Aug 16)
Accounting, HR, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 10.0%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 16.3%
Education and training [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 13.3%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 5.4%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 2.2% [image] Up arrow. 24.1%
Information technology [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 4.4%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 11.2%
Other [image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 20.0%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 14.8%
* 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 August, job vacancies increased in all industry groups. Among the biggest increases were hospitality and tourism (up 24.1 per cent), followed by construction and engineering (up 16.3 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 all occupation groups

In August, vacancies increased in all occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers (up 2.7 per cent) and sales (up 1.8 per cent).

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Jul 16 - Aug 16)
Annual change
(Aug 15 - Aug 16)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 17.3%
Professionals [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 8.2%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 23.7%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 9.1%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 9.3%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 1.8% [image] Up arrow. 7.3%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 2.7% [image] Up arrow. 28.5%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 27.7%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 14.8%
* 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 also increased in all eight occupation groups. The biggest increase was for machinery drivers (up 28.5 per cent), followed by labourers (up 27.7 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 all skill levels

In August, there were increases in vacancies across all skill levels. The largest increases were the lower skilled occupations – with low skilled (up 1.9 per cent), followed by unskilled (up 1.6 per cent)[2].

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Jul 16 - Aug 16)
Annual change
(Aug 15 - Aug 16)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.8% [image] Up arrow. 11.6%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 13.5%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 22.2%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.9% [image] Up arrow. 12.2%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 18.7%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.4% [image] Up arrow. 14.8%
* The totals may not line up as each skill level is individually seasonally adjusted, while the total job vacancies series is seasonally adjusted separately. 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 five skill levels. The biggest increase was for semi-skilled (up 22.2 per cent), followed by unskilled (up 18.7 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) human resource managers, (for professionals) environmental scientists, (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 machine operators, and (for labourers) concreters.

Table 4: Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies*
  4-digit ANZSCO title
% change Aug
2015 to Aug 2016
Managers
1 Human Resource Managers 73%
2 Conference and Event Organisers 69%
3 Livestock Farmers 42%
4 General Managers 34%
5 Health and Welfare Services Managers 32%
Professionals
1 Environmental Scientists 192%
2 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 118%
3 Urban and Regional Planners 69%
4 Social Professionals 53%
5 Social Workers 53%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Air conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 123%
2 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 100%
3 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 79%
4 Plasterers 70%
5 Painting Trades Workers 48%
Community and personal services
1 Other Hospitality Workers 39%
2 Security Officers and Guards 37%
Clerical and administration
1 Other Clerical and Office Support Workers 73%
2 Keyboard Operators 46%
3 Conveyancers and Legal Executives 43%
4 Personal Assistants 36%
5 Secretaries 25%
Sales
1 Real Estate Sales Agents 19%
  Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons 14%
2 Sales Assistants (General) 8%
Machinery drivers and operators
 1 Other Machine Operators 42%
2 Earthmoving Plant Operators 41%
3 Delivery Drivers 40%
Labourers
1 Concreters 114%
2 Car Detailers 61%
3 Building and Plumbing Labourers 48%
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 most 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), Nelson / Tasman / Marlborough / West Coast (up 2.5 per cent). The only fall was for Canterbury (down 0.3 per cent).

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region2
Monthly change
(Jul 16 - Aug 16)
Annual change
(Aug 15 - Aug 16)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 30.9%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 30.3%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 2.7% [image] Up arrow. 52.6%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 37.5%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 40.5%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 29.0%
Wellington [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 27.0%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 2.5% [image] Up arrow. 43.8%
Canterbury [image] Down arrow. 0.3% [image] Up arrow. 7.9%
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 increased over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury fell by 0.3 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The decrease was led by the clerical and administration and the community and personal services occupation groups (both down 1.6 per cent). The biggest increase was for the sales (up 2.8 per cent) occupation group. Vacancies for labourers remained steady (up 0.3 per cent), which is consistent with the construction and engineering industry (down 0.2 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 decrease was led by accounting, HR, legal and admin (down 2.2 per cent), followed by sales, retail, marketing and advertising (down by 0.4 per cent). The biggest increase was for hospitality and tourism (up 0.8 per cent).

Over the year, vacancies in Canterbury grew by 7.9 per cent. The largest increases were led by education and training (up by 21.6 per cent), followed by hospitality and tourism (up by 4.4 per cent). The biggest decrease was for accounting, HR, legal and admin (down by 7.8 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 (%)
Apr 16 1.3% 1.4% 9.3% 9.9%
May 16 1.6% 1.4% 11.4% 11.9%
Jun 16 1.5% 0.8% 13.2% 12.9%
Jul 16 1.3% 0.2% 14.2% 12.7%

* 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 August 2016.

[2] The 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.