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Jobs Online monthly report – February 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 5.7% and total vacancies increased by 4.6% between November 2010 and February 2011 (see Figure 1).

Over the past year, skilled vacancies increased by 33.3% and total vacancies increased by 29.9%. Job ads have been increasing consistently since June 2009, when they were at their lowest point due to the recession with skilled vacancies up by 56.8% and total vacancies up by 58.8%.

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

Vacancy growth was low in Christchurch but strong in other regions…

Table 1 shows that Christchurch experienced only mild growth of 0.4%. This reflects a slowing in vacancy growth following the September 2010 earthquake as well as the very sharp drop in job ads following the 22 February 2011 quake. Auckland experienced the strongest growth with vacancies up by 7.1%. On an annual basis, skilled vacancies increased for all regions, with the strongest growth recorded in the North Island.

Table 1 : Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region
Region Nov 10 – Feb 11 Feb 10 – Feb 11
Auckland 7.1% 42.6%
Wellington 5.1% 25.2%
North Island – other 5.7% 25.2%
Christchurch 0.4% 22.9%
South Island – other 6.0% 13.1%
Nationwide 5.7% 33.3%

Figure 2: Detailed region charts and data

Figure 2: Detailed region charts and data.

Data table for Figure 2

and increased in most industries and all skilled occupational groups.

Table 2 shows that growth in the number of advertised skilled vacancies varied across industry groups, but grew at a similar rate across the major skilled occupational groups. The largest increase was in IT (up by 11.3%) and the largest decrease was in healthcare and medical (down by 4.6%). Compared to a year ago, the number of advertised skilled vacancies increased across all industries and major skilled occupational groups.

Table 2: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry and occupation groups
  Nov 10 – Feb 11 Feb 10 - Feb 11
Industry group
IT 11.3% 70.5%
Hospitality & tourism 6.1% 28.8%
Sales, retail, marketing & advertising 5.4% 19.1%
Accounting, HR, legal and admin 1.4% 14.9%
Construction and engineering -0.9% 19.6%
Education & training -1.5% 1.3%
Healthcare & medical -4.6% 1.3%
Other 7.0% 40.6%
Occupational group
Managers 6.3% 30.6%
Professionals 6.4% 34.9%
Technicians and trades workers 6.6% 42.9%

Figure 3: Detailed industry charts and data

Figure 3: Detailed industry charts and data.

Data table for Figure 3

Detailed Data Table

Annual Percentage Change in Advertised Job Vacancies, February 2010 to February 2011.

For more on Jobs Online, see the Background and Methodology report at www.dol.govt.nzmethodology 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.