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Jobs Online monthly report – June 2011

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

Changes in reporting

Jobs Online introduces two main changes to the monthly report.

Firstly, the report now includes a seasonally adjusted series[1]. Since the initial release of the Jobs Online monthly report, job vacancy data has been presented only as a trend series[2].

Secondly, we are now able to report monthly percentage changes instead of three-monthly percentage changes as we now have a longer and robust longitudinal series. It should be noted that percentage changes in this report are smaller than those in previous reports.

Online job vacancies increase further in June

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled vacancies[3] grew by 1.5% in June 2011 following a decline of 0.7% in May 2011. All vacancies increased by 2.3% in June 2011 following an increase of 1.3% in May 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 17.1% and all vacancies increased by 18.2%. 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 43.7% and all vacancies up by 51.3%.

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. Industries that had the largest growth in the month of June 2011 were accounting, HR, legal and admin (up 9.0%) and hospitality and tourism (up 8.5%).

The education and training industry was very resilient during the downturn but had the largest decrease (down by 12.8%) in June. Other industries that experienced a drop in vacancies are sales, retail, marketing and advertising (down by 5.9%) and IT (down by 2.5%).

The occupation group with the largest increase was technicians and trades workers (up by 9.2%), continuing a very strong growth over the year.

Table 1: Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by industry and occupation groups, seasonally adjusted
Industry Monthly change
(May 11–June 11)
Annual change
(June 10-June 11)
Accounting, HR, legal and admin 9.0% 23.6%
Hospitality and tourism 8.5% 30.1%
Construction and engineering 4.7% 29.6%
Healthcare and medical 0.2% -2.8%
IT -2.5% 19.0%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising -5.9% -4.8%
Education and training -12.8% -25.5%
Other 2.6% 31.6%
Occupation Monthly change
(May 11–June 11)
Annual change
(June 10-June 11)
Technicians and trades workers 9.2% 41.5%
Managers 2.2% 27.9%
Professionals -1.6% 7.9%

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 have increased in most regions

Most regions experienced growth in advertised skilled vacancies in the month of June 2011. Table 2 shows that growth was the strongest in the South Island - except Canterbury (up 12.0%) and the North Island - except Auckland and Wellington (up 7.3%). There was a small drop in job vacancies in Auckland (down 2.3%), driven by a decrease in job vacancies in the education and training industry (down by 14.6%) in that region.

Vacancy growth in Canterbury was flat, following three months of strong growth after the February earthquake. On an annual basis, skilled vacancies increased for all regions, with Canterbury experiencing the biggest growth due to the reconstruction activity following the recent earthquakes in that region.

Industries in Canterbury that experienced the strongest growth were hospitality and tourism (up by 30.3%), and construction and engineering (up by 11.8%). There was also an increase in accounting, HR, legal and admin (up by 9.1%). The education and training industry had the biggest decrease in the region (down by 29.9%). Other industries showing a decrease in Canterbury were IT (down by 10.8%), sales, retail, marketing and advertising (down by 10.2%), and healthcare and medical (down by 4.4%).

Table 2 : Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) by region, seasonally adjusted
Region Monthly change
(May 11–June 11)
Annual change
(June 10–June 11)
Auckland -2.3% 15.7%
Wellington 2.2% 10.0%
North Island – other 7.3% 17.0%
Canterbury 0.0% 33.4%
South Island – other 12.0% 26.0%
Nationwide 1.5% 17.1%

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

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

 


[1] Seasonally adjusted series – impact of regular seasonal influences in the data were removed while retaining the real ups and downs in the labour market.
[2] Trend series – does not contain any seasonal or unusual variations, revealing the underlying trend in the data.
[3]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.