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Jobs Online monthly report – July 2012

Published: August 2012

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

Online vacancies increase slightly in July

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled[1] job vacancies fell by 1.5% in July, following a decrease in June. However, all job vacancies increased by 0.7% in July, following a decrease in June.

Skilled job vacancies fell across most occupation, industry groups and regions.

Although there has been some variation month to month, the trend shows that vacancies have been increasing for the past eight months (see Figure 1) showing a steady improvement in job prospects. Over the past year skilled vacancies increased by 5.3% and all vacancies increased by 9.1%. This is in line with employment growth in the Household Labour Force Survey which has been keeping pace with the population growth, but no more.

Figure 1: Skilled Vacancies Index
Seasonally adjusted and 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

Figure 2: All Vacancies Index
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

The annual increase in job vacancies is consistent with the anticipated gradual recovery in employment over the coming year. Recent business confidence survey results show hiring intentions remain positive. The Ministry forecasts[2]employment to grow by 1.8% (or 39,600 jobs) in the 2013 March year and by 2.4% (or 54,100 jobs) in the 2014 March year.

Growth in skilled job vacancies fell in most industries and occupations

In the month of July, skilled job vacancies fell across most industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest falls were in the construction and engineering and hospitality and tourism industry groups (both down by 2.9%). Education and training (up by 14.8%) and accounting, HR, legal and administration (up 2.6%) were the only industry groups that had an increase. However, education and training fluctuates from month to month due to small numbers.

Over the year to July, growth in skilled job vacancies varied across industry groups. Job advertising for skilled workers was strongest in healthcare and medical (up by 23.6%) and sales, retail, marketing and advertising (up by 10.8%).

Table 1: Skilled Vacancies Index by industry and occupation groups, seasonally adjusted
Industry Monthly change
(Jun 12-Jul 12)
Annual change
(Jul 11–Jul 12)

Education and training

14.8%

-18.4%

Accounting, HR, legal and administration

2.6%

-1.9%

Sales, retail, marketing and advertising

0.0%

10.8%

Information technology

-2.6%

-4.6%

Healthcare and medical

-2.8%

23.6%

Hospitality and tourism

-2.9%

-0.8%

Construction and engineering

-2.9%

10.1%

Other

-5.2%

13.2%

Occupation

Monthly change
(Jun 12–Jul 12)

Annual change
(Jul 11–Jul 12)

Technicians and trades

0.9%

15.0%

Professionals

-0.9%

3.7%

Managers

-7.6%

1.1%

Total skilled job vacancies

-1.5%

5.3%

 

Figure 3: Skilled Vacancies Index 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 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

In July, online vacancies fell in most skilled occupation groups. Technicians and trades had the only increase (up by 0.9%) in July, and also the largest increase over the year (up by 15.0%).

Skilled job vacancies fell in most regions

Skilled job vacancies fell in most regions (see Table 2). Canterbury was the only region with an increase in July (up by 6.1%).

Table 2: Skilled Vacancies Index by region, seasonally adjusted
Region Monthly change
(Jun 12-Jul 12)
Annual change
(Jul 11–Jul 12)
Auckland
-3.5%
0.3%
Wellington
-2.4%
-2.1%
North Island – Other
-3.4%
5.2%
Canterbury
6.1%
26.9%
South Island – Other
-1.6%
27.0%
Nationwide
-1.5%
5.3%

Figure 5: Skilled Vacancies Index 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 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

Over the year, the strongest growth was in the South Island - excluding Canterbury (up by 27.0%). Similarly, Canterbury continues to show strong growth in skilled vacancies (up by 26.9%).

Construction and engineering driving growth in Canterbury

The demand for skilled labour in Canterbury was strong over the year. Growth in job vacancies in the region was driven by the construction and engineering (up by 58.5%) and hospitality and tourism (up by 50.2%) industry groups.

Revisions

Jobs Online is adjusted for seasonal variations. In accordance with standard statistical practice, the entire series is revised each month and this can lead to revisions of previously published figures towards the end of the data series.
Table 3 gives a summary of revisions made to the previous Jobs Online results over the past four months.

Table 3a: Revisions Summary - Skilled Vacancies Index

Month Skilled Vacancies Index
Revised Previously Published1
Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Percentage change
Mar-12
-0.4
2.6
-0.2
3.7
Apr-12
-4.4
-3.1
-4.3
-3.1
May-12
9.4
10.1
9.6
10.1
Jun-12
-2.3
7.5
-2.1
7.5
Table 3b: Revisions Summary - All Vacancies Index
Month All Vacancies Index
Revised Previously Published1
Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Percentage change
Mar-12
-2.9
6.0
-2.9
6.0
Apr-12
-2.2
3.5
-2.2
3.5
May-12
9.5
12.7
10.5
12.8
Jun-12
-3.8
6.7
-4.5
6.7

Note 1: Figures as published last month.

 

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Footnotes

[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.