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 recovery from COVID-19 on the New Zealand job market during the September 2020 quarter can be observed in the gradual slowing of the sharp fall in vacancies advertised online during the March and June 2020 quarters. Falls are still being observed across six out of ten regions, all occupations, and skill levels and in eight out of nine industries nationally.
- Online advertisements fell by 9.9 per cent during the September 2020 quarter, and by 32.8 per cent between September 2019 and September 2020.
- Online advertised vacancies fell in eight out of nine industries during the September 2020 quarter, especially in Sales (down 15.0 per cent), IT (down 10.7 per cent) and Manufacturing (down 9.9 per cent). The only growth was seen in the Primary sector (up 4.8 per cent).
- By occupation, the Sales group had the strongest percentage decrease (down 13.2 per cent) in online advertising during the September 2020 quarter, followed by Managers (down 12.1 per cent) and Machinery Drivers (down 6.0 per cent).
- Job advertisements for all skill levels experienced a decline during the September 2020 quarter, with the biggest decreases for Unskilled (down 10.0 per cent) and Low-skilled (down 8.4 per cent) jobs.
- Online advertised vacancies fell during the September 2020 quarter in six out of ten regions. Auckland (down 13.2 per cent) and Otago/Southland (down 11.4 per cent) saw the biggest falls in online vacancies.
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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