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 modest quarterly growth (for September 2022) in job advertising (4.4%) suggests
a continuation of the steady and tight labour market seen in the latest available labour market statistics for the June 2022 quarter.
- The moderate growth in online advertisements (up 5.1%) for Education may reflect
churn in vacancies in the Education industry. Manufacturing and Business Services also saw
- The industries that grew rapidly over the past three years are now experiencing falls, with
advertised vacancies for Health care, Hospitality and IT falling over the quarter.
- Job vacancies for Community & personal services and Labourers, as well as those for Skilled
and Unskilled workers grew moderately in the September 2022 quarter.
- There was weak to moderate growth in online advertising in all regions (except Waikato) in
the September 2022 quarter. The largest quarterly increases were seen in the Otago/Southland, Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay and Canterbury regions.
- Online job advertising saw increases in all regions when compared to the same quarter last
year and three years ago in 2019, indicating a return to pre-COVID-19 levels of online job
Quarterly release data files
Note: The file 'Jobs Online Detailed occupational data – June 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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