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 began to be seen in job advertisements for the March 2020 quarter. The full impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand job market can be seen in the sharp fall in vacancies advertised online during the June 2020 quarter with falls across all regions, occupations, skill levels and in all industries nationally.
- Online advertisements fell by 31.9 per cent during the June 2020 quarter, and by 45.8 per cent between June 2019 and June 2020.
- Online advertised vacancies fell in all nine industries, during the June 2020 quarter, especially in the Sales sector (down 40.1 per cent), Business services (down 33.2 per cent) and Hospitality (down 33.1 per cent).
- By occupation, the Sales occupation group also had the strongest percentage decrease (41.1 per cent) in online advertising during the June 2020 quarter, followed by Clerical & administration workers (down 38.8 per cent) and Managers (down 28.2 per cent).
- All skill levels experienced a decline during the June 2020 quarter, especially in Low-skilled (down 32.3 per cent) and Highly-skilled (down 28.9 per cent) occupations.
- Online advertised vacancies fell during the June 2020 quarter in all regions, especially in Auckland (down 35.2 per cent), Otago/Southland (down 29.2 per cent), Wellington (down 27.9 per cent) and Canterbury (down 27.0 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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