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
- Advertised vacancies are now above the level last seen prior to COVID-19. The strong recovery that commenced in the March 2021 quarter has continued in the June 2021 quarter. Online advertisements grew by 17% during the June 2021 quarter, by 93% over the year and 31% over the past 2 years.
- Vacancies declined sharply during the March 2020 quarter following New Zealand’s countrywide lockdown in response to COVID-19. The recovery was first observed in the gradual slowing of the decline in the June 2020 quarter. This was followed by increases over the September 2020 to June 2021 quarters.
- Vacancies grew over the June 2021 quarter in all regions, and natonally in all occupatons, all skill levels and all industries.
- Online advertsed vacancies grew across all industries during the most recent quarter, especially in Hospitality (up 31%), Manufacturing (up 20%) and IT (up 19%).
- Vacancies grew in all 8 occupation groups, with the Sales group showing the strongest percentage increase (up 22%) in online advertising during the June 2021 quarter, followed by Labourers (up 21%) and Machinery Operators & Drivers (up 20%).
- Job advertisements increased in all skill levels during the June 2021 quarter. The biggest increases were for Low-skilled and Unskilled (both up 20%) and Skilled (up 19%) jobs.
- Online advertised vacancies also grew in all regions. Auckland (up 21%) and Otago (up 19%) saw the biggest growth in online vacancies.
Quarterly release data files
Note: The file 'Jobs Online Detailed occupational data – June 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 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 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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