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 quarterly data release
Overview of key trends
- Online job advertisements increased by 0.3 per cent in the September 2019 quarter, compared to the June 2019 quarter’s fall of 1.4 per cent. Job advertisements over the year, since September 2018, fell by 1.0 per cent.
- At the industry level, the overall increase in job advertisements for the September 2019 quarter was as a result of increases in the Sales, Business services, Primary and Education industries. Over the year, IT was the only industry to increase.
- The two occupation groups where the increase in online advertising over the quarter and year was greatest were Community & personal services and Labourers.
- Over the quarter and the year to September 2019, the biggest increase in online advertisements by broad skill level groupings was for Unskilled occupations.
- Over the quarter, the main growth areas were in Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast, Waikato and Wellington.
- Over the year, Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay and Wellington were the main growth regions, partially offseting the decreases in Northland, Canterbury and Auckland.
For more information on Jobs Online, see the Background and Methodology report [PDF, 338 KB]
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