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Jobs Online monthly report – April 2011

Jobs Online measures changes in job ads on the two main internet job boards - SEEK and Trade Me Jobs.

Job advertisements increased further…

Jobs Online shows skilled vacancies[1] increased by 5.1% and all vacancies increased by 4.2% between January 2011 and April 2011 (see Figure 1).

Over the past year, skilled vacancies increased by 27.4% and all vacancies increased by 24.1%. Job ads have been increasing since June 2009, when they were at their lowest point due to the recession, with skilled vacancies up by 65.5% and all vacancies up by 66.0% since that time. 

Figure 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) and All Vacancies Index (AVI) - Trend series (May 2007=100)

Figure 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) and All Vacancies Index (AVI) - Trend series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 1

Vacancies grew in most industries and all skilled occupation groups

Table 1 shows that growth in the number of advertised skilled vacancies varied across industry groups between January 2011 and April 2011. The largest increase by industry was in accounting, HR, legal and administration (up by 11.5%), and construction and engineering (up by 9.3%). There were decreases for hospitality and tourism (down by 0.7%), and education and training (down by 6.2%). The largest increase by occupation was for technicians and trades workers (up by 6.6%). Compared to a year ago, the number of advertised skilled vacancies increased across most industries and all major skilled occupational groups. 

Table 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry and occupation groups
Industry Jan 11 - Apr 11 Apr 10 - Apr 11
Accounting, HR, legal and admin 11.5% 28.7%
Construction and engineering 9.3% 21.1%
IT 5.5% 56.7%
Healthcare & medical 3.3% 3.8%
Sales, retail, marketing & advertising 1.8% 12.0%
Hospitality & tourism -0.7% 16.7%
Education & training -6.2% -9.2%
Other 6.7% 37.2%
Occupation Jan 11 - Apr 11 Apr 10 - Apr 11
Technicians and trades workers 6.6% 37.9%
Professionals 4.2% 26.4%
Managers 3.6% 24.9%

Figure 3: Detailed region charts and data

Figure 3: Detailed region charts and data.

Data table for Figure 3

Vacancy growth was spread across most regions including Canterbury

Table 2 shows that skilled vacancy growth was spread across most regions. Canterbury experienced a vacancy growth of 4.9% between January 2011 and April 2011 with the strongest increase in construction and engineering (up by 15.9%). This is to be expected given the reconstruction activity following the September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes. Other industries showing an increase in Canterbury were accounting, HR, legal and admin (up by 4.1%), and healthcare and medical (up by 2.2%), and hospitality and tourism (up by 1.3%).  Industries showing decreases in vacancies in Canterbury were education and training (down by 8.7%), IT (down by 1.3%) and sales, retail, marketing and advertising (down by 0.6%).

Other regions in the South Island experienced the strongest growth with skilled vacancies up by 11.0%. Compared to one year ago, skilled vacancies increased for all regions, with the strongest growth recorded in Auckland (up by 33.3%).

Table 2 : Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region
Region Jan 11 – Apr 11 Apr 10 - Apr 11
Auckland 3.6% 33.3%
Wellington 4.8% 21.1%
North Island – other 3.1% 17.9%
Canterbury 4.9% 31.5%
South Island – other 11.0% 16.3%
Nationwide 5.1% 27.4%

Figure 2: Detailed industry charts and data

Figure 2: Detailed industry charts and data.

Data table for Figure 2

 

Detailed charts and data tables for the figures used in this report can be found at: Annual Percentage Change in Advertised Job Vacancies, April 2010 to April 2011.

For more on Jobs Online, see the Background and Methodology report or email the Labour Market Information and Analysis Team at research@mbie.govt.nz.


[1] Skilled occupations are defined as skill levels 1-3 under the Australia New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) 2006. Skill level 3 is equivalent to an NCEA level 4 qualification.