Jobs online

Jobs Online monthly report - December 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 1.1 per cent in December 2016.
  • Vacancies increased in six out of eight industry groups. The main contributors were hospitality and tourism (up 1.8 per cent) and healthcare and medical (up 1.2 per cent). The only falls were for the information technology (down 2.4 per cent) and education and training (down 0.1 per cent) industries.
  • Vacancies increased in seven out of the eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 3.3 per cent), and machinery drivers (up 2.6 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all skill levels. Vacancies for unskilled jobs had the biggest increase (up 2.3 per cent), followed by low skilled (up 2.2 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions. Vacancies grew most strongly in most South Island regions. The only falls were in Canterbury (down 1.3 per cent) and Wellington (down 0.1 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 December

Vacancies advertised online increased in December. The All Vacancies Index increased by 1.1 per cent. The biggest increases were in the labourers occupation group (up 3.3 per cent) and the hospitality and tourism industry (up 1.8 per cent).

Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 13.0 per cent. The steady growth in the All Vacancies Index is consistent with the January 2017 NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion1 which showed that business confidence remains at high levels, despite a small softening in activity indicators in the December 2016 quarter. Business confidence remains strong in the building, manufacturing and retail trade sectors.

Job vacancies increased in six out of eight industry groups

In December, job vacancies increased in six out of eight industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest contributors were hospitality and tourism (up 1.8 per cent) and healthcare and medical (up 1.2 per cent). The only fall was information technology (down 2.4 per cent).

 

Table 1: All Vacancies Index by industry group, trend series
Industry
Monthly change
(Nov 16 - Dec 16)
Annual change
(Dec 15 - Dec 16)
Accounting, human resources, legal and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 6.8%
Construction and engineering [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 10.9%
Education and training [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 14.6%
Healthcare and medical [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 11.7%
Hospitality and tourism [image] Up arrow. 1.8% [image] Up arrow. 21.0%
Information technology [image] Down arrow. 2.4% [image] Down arrow. 6.2%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 11.5%
Other [image] Up arrow. 2.6% [image] Up arrow. 20.7%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 13.0%
* 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 December, job vacancies increased in seven out of eight industry groups. The biggest increase was in hospitality and tourism (up 21.0 per cent), followed by education and training (up 14.6 per cent), and healthcare and medical (up 11.7 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 out of eight occupation groups

In December, vacancies increased in seven out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 3.3 per cent) and machinery drivers and operators (up 2.6 per cent).

Table 2: All Vacancies Index by occupation group, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Nov 16 - Dec 16)
Annual change
(Dec 15 - Dec 16)
Managers [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 14.6%
Professionals [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 4.4%
Technicians and trades workers [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 14.6%
Clerical and administration [image] Up arrow. 0.9% [image] Up arrow. 8.6%
Community and personal services [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 9.4%
Sales [image] Up arrow. 1.3% [image] Up arrow. 15.7%
Machinery drivers and operators [image] Up arrow. 2.6% [image] Up arrow. 32.8%
Labourers [image] Up arrow. 3.3% [image] Up arrow. 27.2%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 13.0%
* 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 occupation groups. The biggest increase was for machinery drivers and operators (up 32.8 per cent), followed by labourers (up 27.2 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 December, all vacancies increased in all skill levels. The largest increases were in unskilled (up 2.3 per cent), and low skilled (up 2.2 per cent)[2] occupations.

Table 3: All Vacancies Index by skill level, trend series
Occupation
Monthly change
(Nov 16 - Dec 16)
Annual change
(Dec 15 - Dec 16)
Skill level 1 (highly skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.2% [image] Up arrow. 6.6%
Skill level 2 (skilled) [image] Up arrow. 1.2% [image] Up arrow. 15.7%
Skill level 3 (semi-skilled) [image] Up arrow. 0.7% [image] Up arrow. 12.3%
Skill level 4 (low skilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.2% [image] Up arrow. 17.8%
Skill level 5 (unskilled) [image] Up arrow. 2.3% [image] Up arrow. 24.7%
Total job vacancies* [image] Up arrow. 1.1% [image] Up arrow. 13.0%
* 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 also increased in all skill levels. The biggest increase was for unskilled (up 24.7 per cent), followed by low skilled (up 17.8 per cent) vacancies.

 

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

[image] Figure 4 All Vacancies Index by skill level

Data table for figure 4

 

Fastest growing occupations

Table 4 expands on Table 2, showing the fastest growing occupations in more detail.

Table 4: Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies*
  4-digit ANZSCO title
% change Dec
2015 to Dec 2016
Managers
1 Health and Welfare Services Managers 60%
2 Engineering Managers 54%
3 Livestock Farmers 38%
4 ICT Managers 37%
5 Conference and Event Organisers 33%
Professionals
1 Environmental Scientists 131%
2 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 56%
3 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 48%
4 Other Engineering Professionals 47%
5 Midwives 47%
Technicians and Trades Workers
1 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 79%
2 Other Building and Engineering Technicians 79%
3 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 72%
4 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 66%
5 Motor Mechanics 49%
Community and personal services
1 Security Officers and Guards 59%
2 Other Hospitality Workers 30%
3 Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers 29%
Clerical and administration
1 Other Clerical and Office Support Workers 101%
2 Insurance, Money Market and Statistical Clerks 53%
3 Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors 39%
4 Office Managers 33%
5 Transport and Despatch Clerks 30%
Sales
1 Telemarketers 30%
2 Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons 21%
3 Sales Assistants (General) 14%
Machinery drivers
 1 Delivery Drivers 97%
2 Other Stationary Plant Operators 50%
3 Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators 36%
4 Storepersons 28%
Labourers
1 Packers 60%
2 Concreters 45%
3 Caretakers 34%
*Occupation titles are based on a 4-digit ANZSCO 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 eight out of ten regions. The biggest increases were in Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast, and Otago /Southland (both up 2.0 per cent). The only falls were in Canterbury (down 1.3 per cent) and Wellington (down 0.1 per cent).

Table 5: All Vacancies Index by region, trend1 series (Aug 2010 = 100)
Region2
Monthly change
(Nov 16 - Dec 16)
Annual change
(Dec 15 - Dec 16)
Northand [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 12.8%
Auckland [image] Up arrow. 1.6% [image] Up arrow. 15.6%
Bay of Plenty [image] Up arrow. 0.5% [image] Up arrow. 22.1%
Waikato [image] Up arrow. 1.7% [image] Up arrow. 29.1%
Gisborne/Hawke's Bay [image] Up arrow. 1.5% [image] Up arrow. 31.1%
Manawatu Wanganui/Taranaki [image] Up arrow. 1.0% [image] Up arrow. 9.2%
Wellington [image] Down arrow. 0.1% [image] Up arrow. 5.7%
Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/
West Coast
[image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 20.1%
Canterbury [image] Down arrow. 1.3% [image] Down arrow. 3.8%
Otago/Southland [image] Up arrow. 2.0% [image] Up arrow. 21.5%
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 (October 2010 compared with May 2007) and the seasonal adjustment process does not adjust for Easter

Over the year, the number of vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions. The biggest increases were in Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay (up 31.1 per cent) and Waikato (up 29.1 per cent). Vacancies fell in Canterbury (down 3.8 per cent).

 

Figure 5: All Vacancies Index by region,
Trend series (Aug 2010=100)

[image] Figure 5; All Vacancies Index by region

Data table for Figure 5

Vacancies in Canterbury decreased over the past month

Vacancies in Canterbury fell by 1.3 per cent (see Table 5) over the past month. The decrease was driven by the community and personal services (down 1.5 percent), technicians and trades workers and professionals (both down 1.4 per cent) occupation groups.

Over the year, vacancies in Canterbury fell by 3.8 per cent. The decreases were led by clerical and administration (down 10.0 per cent) and community and personal services (down 9.8 per cent). The biggest increases were for labourers (up 8.4 per cent), followed by machinery drivers (up 4.7 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

 

The main influences on the decrease in vacancies in the region were construction and engineering (down 3.9 per cent), and sales (down 0.9 per cent) industries. In contrast the biggest increases were for hospitality and tourism and information technology (both up 1.6 per cent).

The decreases over the year in Canterbury were led by information technology (down 14.1 per cent) and construction and engineering (down 12.6 per cent). The biggest increases were for healthcare and medical (up 13.0 per cent), followed by hospitality and tourism (up 12.6 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 16 1.0% 0.8% 13.4% 13.6%
Sep 16 1.1% 1.1% 13.3% 13.3%
Oct 16 1.2% 1.1% 13.0% 12.9%
Nov 16 1.1% 0.9% 12.7% 12.2%

* 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] NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion January 2017.

[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 ANZCO dictionary.