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
The Jobs Online data for the month of November 2021 will not be published as scheduled due to circumstances outside our control. Any inconvenience caused by this temporary disruption to the availability of this monthly data is regretted. It is anticipated that this will resume in January with the publication of both the November and December 2021 data. We hope to adhere to the publication schedule for next year posted on the website.
Jobs Online quarterly release
Overview of key trends
- The level of online advertising in the September 2021 quarter remained at the same level as in the previous quarter. While advertised vacancies showed nil growth during the September quarter they are still above pre-COVID-19 levels. Vacancies grew by 69% over the year to September 2021 and by 28% change since 2 years ago.
- Online advertised vacancies grew slightly across 4 out of 10 industries during the September 2021 quarter, especially in Health care and IT (both up 4%), and Business services (up 3%). Hospitality and Education experienced small decreases in advertising over the quarter (down 3% and 2% respectively).
- Vacancies increased slightly in 2 of the 8 occupation groups. The Clerical & administration group grew by 2% and the Professionals group by 1% during the September 2021 quarter. Advertising fell for Community & personal services (down 3%) and Technicians & trades (down 2%), while the remaining groups had zero growth.
- Job advertisements fell slightly in 4 out of 5 skill levels during the September 2021 quarter, with the biggest decrease in Semi-skilled jobs (down 3%).
- Online advertised vacancies grew during the September 2021 quarter in 7 out of 10 regions. Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay (up 3%), Canterbury and Manawatū-Whanganui/Taranaki (both up 2%) saw the biggest growth in online vacancies.
Quarterly release data files
Note: The file 'Jobs Online Detailed occupational data – September 2021 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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