Jobs Online

Jobs Online is a regular data series that measures changes in online job advertisements from four internet job boards — Seek, Trade Me Jobs, Education Gazette and Kiwi Health Jobs.

About Jobs Online

Job vacancies are an important indicator of labour demand and changes in the economy.

Jobs Online measures changes in online job advertisements from four internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, Education Gazette and Kiwi Health Jobs. Job vacancies are an important indicator of labour demand and changes in the economy.

The Jobs Online trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility. We only publish basic highlights each month and a more detailed report every three months.

The relationship between job advertisements and labour demand is complex, particularly when disaggregated at an industry, occupation and regional level.

For example, an increase in job advertisements by a particular industry may indicate:

  • the industry is expanding and looking for new workers, or
  • the industry has a high rate of churn (workers are moving between businesses, but overall employment is not necessarily increasing).

Likewise, declining job advertising can signal:

  • reduced headcount in an industry, or
  • the industry is using alternatives to advertising in their hiring process (such as word-of-mouth or social networks).

With these caveats in mind, data from Jobs Online tracks well with other labour market indicators, such as the unemployment rate.

Jobs Online monthly data release – April 2019

The All Vacancies Index fell slightly by 0.1 per cent in the month of April 2019.

  • Vacancies decreased in six out of the ten industry groups. Amongst the largest falls were Construction and Engineering (down 1.1 per cent), with Information Technology and Accounting, Human Resources, Legal and Administration (both down 0.3 per cent).
  • Vacancies decreased in five out of eight occupation groups. The largest decreases were for Labourers (down 2.0 per cent) and Machinery Operators and Drivers (down 1.6 per cent) occupations.
  • Vacancies decreased in two of the five skill levels. The largest decreases were for semi-skilled and unskilled (both down 0.6 per cent).
  • Vacancies decreased in four of the ten regions over the month, with the biggest decreases in Canterbury (down 0.9 per cent), and Auckland and Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (both down 0.4 per cent).
  • Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 0.8 per cent.

Jobs Online - April 2019 [PDF, 383 KB]

Data files

Jobs Online Figure 1 All Vacancies Index monthly [XLSX, 21 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 2 Vacancies by Industry monthly [XLSX, 42 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 3 Vacancies by Occupation monthly [XLSX, 37 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 4 Vacancies by Skill Level monthly [XLSX, 33 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 5 Vacancies by 10 Region monthly [XLSX, 48 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies by Detailed Occupation monthly [XLSX, 14 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies by Occupation, Canterbury Region monthly [XLSX, 37 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies by Industry, Canterbury Region monthly [XLSX, 40 KB]

View the data tables for these files

Alternative time series

Jobs Online Vacancies from May 2007 monthly [XLSX, 285 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies seasonally adjusted monthly [XLSX, 55 KB]

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.

All Vacancies Index

   

Monthly

Annual

 

Revised

Previously Published*

Revised

Previously Published*

Monthly

Percentage change (%)

Dec-18

-0.3%

0.2%

4.6%

5.3%

Jan-19

-0.5%

0.2%

3.5%

5.0%

Feb-19

-0.5%

0.2%

2.3%

4.7%

Mar-19

-0.3%

0.3%

1.4%

4.5%

* Figures published last month.

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Last updated: 20 March 2019