Job advertisements rise by 1.9 per cent in the June 2018 quarter

On: 31 July 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) recently switched to a quarterly release of Jobs Online data. This enables greater analysis in identifying the drivers of change across specific industries and regions. The full report is available by visiting our website.

The number of online job advertisements grew 1.9 per cent in the June 2018 quarter, a drop from the 2.4 per cent growth in the March 2018 quarter. Overall, job advertisements rose by 7.5 per cent in the year to June. MBIE’s Acting Labour Market Trends Manager, Stuart King says ‘Based on the number of advertisements, we are seeing an upwards but slowing trend in job openings’.

The strongest growth in online advertising over the quarter came from service industries, particularly health care and medical (7 per cent) and education and training (3.5 per cent).
The volume of advertising from healthcare and medical (26.6 percent), and hospitality and tourism (12.3 per cent) means these two industries have shown the strongest total growth year to date. This marks a shift from early 2017, when growth was led by manufacturing and transport, and the primary industries.

Advertising for higher skilled occupations rose most strongly over the quarter. This was led by community and personal services (2.8 per cent) and clerical and administration (2.8 percent). There were similar increases for professionals (2.7 percent) and managers (2.6 percent).

For the quarter to June 2018, growth has been driven by skilled openings (3.2 percent). Semi-skilled occupations showed weakest growth (0.3 percent) which is consistent with the long-term softening in demand for these workers.

Auckland is usually the main driver of quarterly growth, but Wellington’s influence has been greater this quarter, with a significant contribution from Waikato. Job advertisements by region show the lowest growth was in Canterbury and Auckland. Mr King says ‘Given Auckland’s size, even its low percentage increase had the greatest impact on overall growth.’

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