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.
Jobs Online monthly data release
Jobs Online quarterly release
Overview of key trends
- The level of online job advertisements in the March 2022 quarter was higher than the level in the December 2021 quarter, and both were well above pre-COVID-19 levels, as measured by the All Vacancies Index (AVI). The number of online job advertisements in the March 2022 quarter was 18% higher than the March 2021 quarter, and 31% higher than the March 2019 quarter before COVID-19.
- Between the December 2021 and March 2022 quarters online job advertisements increased in 8 out of 9 industries (with the marginal exception of IT). Health care (up 14%) had the largest increase, followed by Manufacturing (up 7%) and Hospitality (up 7%).
- Online job advertisements increased in 6 out of 8 occupation groups. The biggest increases were for the Machinery operators & drivers group (up 6%) and Community & personal services (up 5%).
- Online job advertisements increased across all 5 skill levels, with the biggest increase in Semi-skilled jobs (up 5%).
- Online job advertisements increased in all 10 regions. Bay of Plenty (up 9%) and Canterbury (up 8%) saw the biggest increases.
Quarterly release data files
Note: The file 'Jobs Online Detailed occupational data – March 2022 quarter' is now a csv file and the formats of the variable names have changed.
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 4 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 publish a 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.
For more information on Jobs Online, see the Background and Methodology report [PDF, 338 KB]
Contact us at LabourMarketInsights@mbie.govt.nz
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