Jobs Online

Jobs Online is a regular data series that measures changes in online job advertisements from 4 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.

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 3 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 report - February 2019

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. Job advertisements as measured by Jobs Online are a proxy for job vacancies.

The All Vacancies Index increased by 0.9 per cent in the month of February 2019.

  • Vacancies increased in nine out of the ten industry groups. Amongst the largest increases was Information Technology (up 2.0 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in six out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for Managers, and Machinery Operators and Drivers (both up 0.9 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in all of the five skill levels. The largest increases were for highly skilled, and semi-skilled (both up 1.0 per cent).
  • Vacancies increased in nine of the ten regions over the month, with the biggest increases in Wellington (up 2.3 per cent), and Bay of Plenty (up 1.5 per cent). The only reduction in vacancies was in Canterbury (down 0.2 per cent).
  • Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 7.8 per cent.

Only basic highlights are published monthly. Every three months a more detailed quarterly report is published. The trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.

Jobs Online - February 2019 [PDF, 379 KB]

Data files

Jobs Online Figure 1 All Vacancies Index monthly [XLSX, 22 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 2 Vacancies by Industry monthly [XLSX, 40 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 3 Vacancies by Occupation monthly [XLSX, 36 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 4 Vacancies by Skill Level monthly [XLSX, 29 KB]

Jobs Online Figure 5 Vacancies by 10 Region monthly [XLSX, 40 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies by Detailed Occupation monthly [XLSX, 19 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies by Occupation, Canterbury Region monthly [XLSX, 36 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies by Industry, Canterbury Region monthly [XLSX, 38 KB]

View the data tables for these files

Alternative time series

Jobs Online Vacancies from May 2007 monthly [XLSX, 268 KB]

Jobs Online Vacancies seasonally adjusted monthly [XLSX, 54 KB]

Data 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.

Month

Revised

Previously Published*

Revised

Previously Published*

Oct 18

0.6%

0.6%

6.7%

6.9%

Nov 18

0.6%

0.5%

6.9%

7.0%

Dec 18

0.6%

0.5%

7.0%

6.9%

Jan 19

0.8%

0.5%

7.3%

6.8%

* Figures published last month.

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Last updated: 20 March 2019