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Jobs Online monthly report – November 2011

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

Online job vacancies rise in November

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled job vacancies[1] increased by 3.3% in November 2011 following a decrease in September and October 2011. All job vacancies, also increased by 4.2%. The trend series reached a local peak in May this year and has been declining since, indicating a sluggish labour market.

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, growth in online job vacancies remained positive with skilled vacancies up by 10.6% and all vacancies up by 10.8%.

Job advertisements increased from August 2009, when they were at their lowest point due to the recession, with skilled vacancies up by 59.6% and all vacancies up by 62.6% (see Figure 1).

Skilled job vacancies increased across most industry and all occupation groups

The number of advertised skilled vacancies rose across most industry groups in November (see Table 1). Industries with the biggest rises were IT (up by 5.0%) and healthcare and medical (up by 3.4%). The only falls were in hospitality and tourism (down by 1.7%), and education and training (down by 1.7%).

Compared with November last year, the number of skilled job vacancies increased across most industries. Growth in skilled job vacancies was strongest in the construction and engineering industry (up by 14.6%), largely due to the reconstruction activities in Canterbury. The only decrease was for education and training (down by 15.6%). However, the education and training industry tends to be volatile from year to year.

Skilled job vacancies increased in all occupation groups in November. The biggest growth was for professionals (up by 5.1%).

Compared with a year ago, the biggest growth in skilled vacancies was for technicians and trades workers. This growth is related to the strong growth in the construction and engineering industry.

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

Industry Monthly change
(Oct 11 - Nov 11)
Annual change
(Nov 10 – Nov 11)
Hospitality and tourism -1.7% 0.4%
Healthcare and medical 3.4% 7.6%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising 0.2% 5.4%
Education and training -1.7% -15.6%
Construction and engineering 1.1% 14.6%
Accounting, human resource, legal and administration 0.9% 4.4%
Information technology 5.0% 8.3%
Other 4.9% 18.3%
Occupation Monthly change
(Oct 11 - Nov 11)
Annual change
(Nov 10 – Nov 11)
Managers 1.3% 8.8%
Technicians and trades workers 2.2% 19.2%
Professionals 5.1% 5.7%
Total skilled job vacancies 3.3% 10.6%


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

 

Growth in skilled job vacancies varied by region

All regions showed an increase in skilled job vacancies in November (see Table 2). The biggest growth in skilled vacancies was in Wellington (up by 10.1%) and the South Island -excluding Canterbury- (up by 7.2%).

Canterbury had the strongest growth of any region over the past year (up by 43.2%).

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

Region Monthly change
(Oct 11 - Nov 11)
Annual change
(Nov 10 – Nov 11)
Auckland 1.0% 0.7%
Wellington 10.1% 8.9%
North Island - Other 3.9% 13.5%
Canterbury 4.0% 43.2%
South Island - Other 7.2% 35.9%
Nationwide 3.3% 10.6%


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

 

In Canterbury, the industries with the biggest growth in skilled vacancies for the month of November was hospitality and tourism (up by 7.9%), and accounting, human resource, legal and administration (up by 5.8%). The construction and engineering industry in the region showed mild growth (up by 0.6%), after showing falls in the last three months.  The biggest fall in November was in education and training (down by 15.5%).

The healthcare and medical industry had the strongest growth in Canterbury (up by 82.5%) over the year.

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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.