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
- Following four quarters of continuous decline, job advertising in New Zealand bounced back during the September and December quarters. Growth in job advertisements nationally occurred
across most industries and skill levels and all occupations and regions.
- Online advertisements grew by 6.4 per cent during the December 2020 quarter, but fell by 7.9 per cent from its level in December 2019.
- Online advertised vacancies grew in seven out of nine industries during the December 2020 quarter. The only falls during the quarter were seen in the Business services (down 1.8 per cent) and Hospitality (down 1.5 per cent) sectors.
- By occupation, the Professionals group had the strongest percentage increase (up 7.3 per cent) in online advertising during the December 2020 quarter, followed by Clerical & administration (up 6.2 per cent) and Sales (up 5.1 per cent).
- Job advertisements increased in four out of five skill levels during the December 2020 quarter. The biggest increases were for Highly skilled (up 7.7 per cent), and Skilled and Low-skilled (both up 4.3 per cent) jobs.
- Online advertised vacancies grew during the December 2020 quarter in all regions. Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay (up 9.1 per cent) and Wellington (up 9.0 per cent) saw the biggest growth in online vacancies.
Quarterly release data files
Note: The file 'Jobs Online Detailed occupational data – December 2020 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 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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