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Jobs Online monthly report – July 2011

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

Growth in online job vacancies was flat in July

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that there was no growth in skilled vacancies[1] in July 2011. All vacancies decreased by 1.1% in July 2011, following an increase of 2.3% in June 2011.

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

Over the past year, skilled vacancies increased by 17.0% and all vacancies increased by 16.3%. 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 43.9% and all vacancies up by 49.7%.

Growth in skilled job vacancies varied by industries and occupations

Table 1 shows that growth in the number of advertised skilled vacancies varied across industry groups. The education and training industry (which is volatile from month to month even when seasonal factors are taken into account) rose by 21.2% during July. This followed a 12.8% fall in June. The industries that experienced a drop in vacancies were IT (down by 2.0%) and accounting, HR, legal and admin (down by 0.2%).

Professionals was the only occupation group to increase (up by 3.3%) in July. Technicians and trades workers were down by 5.2% and managers were down by 1.9%.

Table 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry and occupation groups, seasonally adjusted
Industry Monthly change
(June 11–July 11)
Annual change
(July 10-July 11)
Education & training 21.2% -1.1%
Healthcare & medical 3.5% 5.9%
Construction and engineering 1.9% 22.9%
Hospitality & tourism 1.1% 31.3%
Sales, retail, marketing & advertising 1.0% 2.0%
Accounting, HR, legal and admin -0.2% 25.7%
IT -2.0% 10.2%
Other -1.3% 26.2%
Occupation Monthly change
(June 11–July 11)
Annual change
(July 10-July 11)
Professionals 3.3% 13.2%
Managers -1.9% 21.6%
Technicians and trades workers -5.2% 34.0%

Figure 3: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry groups: Trend series (May 2007=100)

Figure 3: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry groups: Trend series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 3

Figure 4: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry groups: Seasonally adjusted series (May 2007=100)

Figure 4: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry groups: Seasonally adjusted series (May 2007=100).

Data table for Figure 4

Skilled job vacancies continue to increase in Canterbury

Table 2 shows that growth was the strongest in Canterbury (up by 4.3%) and Wellington (up by 1.1%). There was a drop in job vacancies in the South Island – excluding Canterbury (down by 12.9%), North Island – excluding Auckland (down by 0.6%) and Auckland (down by 0.2%).

On an annual basis, Canterbury experienced the biggest growth in skilled vacancies of any region.

Industries in Canterbury that experienced the strongest growth in July were education and training (up by 61.1%), and accounting, HR, legal and administration (up by 16.1%). There was also an increase in sales, retail marketing and advertising (up by 9.0%), construction and engineering (up by 8.5%) and healthcare and medical (up by 7.1%). The hospitality and tourism industry had the biggest decrease in the region (down by 19.8%).

Table 2 : Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region, seasonally adjusted
Region Monthly change
(June 11–July 11)
Annual change
(July 10–July 11)
Auckland -0.2% 12.5%
Wellington 1.1% 12.7%
North Island – other -0.6% 13.1%
Canterbury 4.3% 64.8%
South Island – other -12.9% 0.3%
Nationwide 0.0% 17.0%

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

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

Data table for Figure 5

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

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

Data table for Figure 6

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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 NCEA level 4 qualification.