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 impact of the COVID-19 outbreak internationally, and its impact on the NZ economy can be seen in the fall in vacancies advertised online during the March 2020 quarter and across all regions, industries, occupations and skill levels.
- Online advertisements fell by 6.4 per cent during the March 2020 quarter, and by 12.5 percent between March 2019 and March 2020.
- Online vacancies fell in all nine industries during the March 2020 quarter, especially in the Education sector (down 7.2 per cent), Sales (down 6.5 per cent) and Hospitality (down 5.6 per cent).
- The Sales occupation group had the strongest percentage decrease (6.2 per cent) in online advertising during the March 2020 quarter, followed by Technicians and trades workers (down 5.7 per cent) and Clerical and administration workers (down 4.9 per cent).
- All skill levels experienced a decline during the March 2020 quarter, especially in Low-skilled (down 6.5 per cent) and Skilled (down 6.0 per cent) occupations.
- Online advertised vacancies fell during the March 2020 quarter in all regions, especially in Canterbury (down 9.0 per cent), Waikato (down 8.5 per cent), Auckland (down 6.6 per cent) and Otago/ Southland (down 4.3 per cent).
Quarterly release data files
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 publish a 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.
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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