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.
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 only publish basic highlights each month and a more 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.
Jobs Online monthly data release
Overview of key trends
The All Vacancies Index fell slightly by 0.3 per cent in the month of June 2019.
- Vacancies decreased in five out of the ten industry groups. Amongst the largest decreases were Construction and Engineering (down 1.2 per cent), Primary industries (down 0.9 per cent) and Information Technology (down 0.6 per cent). These were offset by increases in Healthcare & Medical (up 0.7 per cent), Accounting, Human Resources, Legal & Administration and Education & Training (both up 0.3 per cent).
- Vacancies decreased in six out of the eight occupation groups. The decreases were led by Machinery Operators & Drivers (down 0.7 per cent), Sales (down 0.6 per cent) and Technicians & Trades (down 0.5 per cent). There were smaller increases for Clerical & Administration and Community & Personal Services (both up 0.3 per cent).
- Vacancies decreased in three of the five skill levels. The decreases for Unskilled (down 0.5 per cent) and Low-skilled (down 0.2 per cent) were offset by an increase in the Skilled (up 0.3 per cent).
- Vacancies decreased in four of the ten regions over the month, with the largest decreases in Bay of Plenty (down 0.8 per cent) and Canterbury (down 0.7 per cent). Northland (up 1.4 per cent) had the largest increase, followed by Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Whanganui/Taranaki and Wellington (all up 0.6 per cent).
- Over the past year, online vacancies decreased by 2.3 per cent.
Alternative time series
For more information on Jobs Online, see the Background and Methodology report [PDF, 338 KB]
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