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Jobs Online monthly report – April 2012

Published: May 2012

Jobs Online measures changes in job vacancies advertised on the two main internet job boards - Seek and Trade Me Jobs.

Online job vacancies decreased in April

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled job vacancies[1] decreased by 3.1% in April (see Figure 1). Similarly, all job vacancies fell by 2.4% in April.

Figure 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI), seasonally adjusted and trend series (May 2007=100)

Figure 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI), seasonally adjusted and trend series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 1

Figure 2: All Vacancies Index (AVI), seasonally adjusted and trend series (May 2007=100)

Figure 2: All Vacancies Index (AVI), seasonally adjusted and trend series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 2

Compared with a year earlier, online skilled job vacancies decreased by 3.1%. However, all vacancies were up by 3.4%.

Job vacancies have been generally increasing since August 2009, when they were at their lowest point due to the recession, with skilled vacancies up by 61.3% and all vacancies up by 63.6%.

The increase in all vacancies over the past twelve months is consistent with the anticipated gradual recovery in employment over the coming year. The latest Household Labour Force Survey results confirmed that the labour market is gradually recovering, with 9,000 more people employed in the March 2012 quarter. Recent business confidence surveys show hiring intentions have eased but remain positive. The Department forecasts[2] employment to grow by 1.8% in the 2013 March year and by 2.4% in the 2014 March year.

Skilled job vacancies fell across most industries and all occupation groups

Skilled job vacancies fell across most industries and all occupation groups in April (see Table 1). The construction and engineering industry group had the only increase (up by 9.7%). On the other hand, the industries with the biggest falls were healthcare and medical (down by 9.1%), and sales, retail, marketing and advertising (down by 8.4%).

Over the year, skilled job vacancies fell across most industry groups. Growth was strongest in construction and engineering (up by 19%), and hospitality and tourism (up by 9%). Industries that showed the biggest decrease were education and training (down by 21%) and information technology (down by 15%).

Table 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry and occupation groups, seasonally adjusted

Industry Monthly change
(Mar 12 – Apr 12)
Annual change
(Apr 11 – Apr 12)
Construction and engineering 9.7% 18.6%
Hospitality and tourism -2.8% 9.1%
Information technology -5.4% -14.5%
Accounting, HR, legal and administration -5.8% -6.8%
Education and training -8.3% -21.4%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising -8.4% -8.7%
Healthcare and medical -9.1% -3.7%
Other -0.4% 7.7%
Occupation Monthly change
(Mar 12 – Apr 12)
Annual change
(Apr 11 – Apr 12)
Technicians and trades -0.1% 7.9%
Professionals -3.6% -7.5%
Managers -4.7% -4.6%
Total skilled job vacancies -3.1% -3.1%

Figure 3: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry group, seasonally adjusted series (May 2007=100)

Figure 3: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry group, seasonally adjusted series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 3

Figure 4: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry group, trend series (May 2007=100)

Figure 4: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry group, trend series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 4

Vacancies in all skilled occupation groups fell in April. The biggest falls were for managers (down by 4.7%) and professionals (down by 3.6%), with a slight fall for technicians and trades (down by 0.1%).

Over the year, skilled job vacancies decreased across most major skilled occupation groups. The only growth was for technicians and trades (up by 8%). The biggest fall was for professionals (down by 8%), followed by managers (down by 5%).

Canterbury Vacancies fell in April

The Wellington region was flat (up by 0.2%), while skilled vacancies fell in all other regions in April. The regions with the biggest falls were North Island – excluding Auckland and Wellington (down by 5.1%) and Canterbury (down by 5.0%). Vacancies fell in most industries in Canterbury during April.

Table 2: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region, seasonally adjusted

Region Monthly change
(Mar 12 – Apr 12)
Annual change
(Apr 11 – Apr 12)
Auckland -2.9% -9.3%
Wellington 0.2% -7.2%
North Island - Other -5.1% -3.6%
Canterbury -5.0% 21.2%
South Island - Other -2.6% 11.8%
Nationwide -3.1% -3.1%

Figure 5: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region, seasonally adjusted series (May 2007=100)

Figure 5: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region, seasonally adjusted series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 5

Figure 6: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region, trend series (May 2007=100)

Figure 6: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region, trend series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 6

However, Canterbury continued to show the strongest annual growth in skilled vacancies of any region (up by 21% since April 2011). The South Island (excluding Canterbury) showed an increase (up by 12%). The biggest falls in vacancies were in Auckland (down by 9%) and Wellington (down by 7%).

The strong growth in Canterbury vacancies over the year was driven by the demand for skilled workers in the construction and engineering (up by 55%) and healthcare and medical (up by 41%) industry groups.

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[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 NQF level 4 qualification.

[2] Short-term employment prospects: 2012-14