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Jobs Online monthly report – October 2011

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

Online job vacancies continued to fall in October

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled vacancies[1] decreased by 3.3% in October 2011 following a decrease in September 2011. Job vacancies overall also fell by 4.5%.

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 to a year earlier, growth in online job vacancies remained positive with skilled vacancies up by 10.2% and all vacancies up by 9.4%.

Job advertisements have been generally increasing since August 2009, when they were at their lowest point due to the recession, with skilled vacancies up by 53.5% and all vacancies up by 54.7% (see Figure 1).

Skilled job vacancies declined across most industry and occupation groups

The number of advertised skilled vacancies fell across most industry groups in October (see Table 1). Industries with the biggest falls were information technology (down by 8.6%) and accounting, human resource, legal and administration (down by 6.5%). Of the main industry groups, the only industry that experienced growth in job vacancies in October was hospitality and tourism (up by 3.4%). The growth rate in the hospitality and tourism industry could be attributed to the Rugby World Cup.

Compared to October 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 13.4%), largely due to the reconstruction in Canterbury.

Most occupation groups decreased in skilled job vacancies in October compared with September 2011, except for managers which showed mild growth of 0.4%. Compared with a year ago, the number of advertised skilled job vacancies increased across all major skilled occupation groups.

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

Industry Monthly change
(Sept 11 - Oct 11)
Annual change
(Oct 10 – Oct 11)
Hospitality and tourism 3.4% 10.0%
Healthcare and medical -2.0% 7.3%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising -3.3% 9.8%
Education and training -5.2% -11.2%
Construction and engineering -5.5% 13.4%
Accounting, human resource, legal and administration -6.5% 5.2%
Information technology -8.6% 2.7%
Other 1.8% 25.8%
Occupation Monthly change
(Sept 11 - Oct 11)
Annual change
(Oct 10 – Oct 11)
Managers 0.4% 17.7%
Technicians and trades workers -0.4% 30.7%
Professionals -4.9% 1.0%
Total skilled job vacancies -3.3% 10.2%


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

The South Island (excluding Canterbury) was the only region with a monthly increase (up by 2.0%) in skilled job vacancies in October (see Table 2). All other regions experienced a fall in advertised skilled job vacancies, with the biggest falls in Wellington (down by 10.3%) and Canterbury (down by 4.5%).

Despite the drop in skilled job vacancies in the Canterbury region between September and October, Canterbury experienced the strongest growth of any region (up by 46.7%) over the past year. Job vacancies in the construction and engineering industry in the region are 68.5% higher compared to October last year.

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

Region Monthly change
(Sept 11 - Oct 11)
Annual change
(Oct 10 – Oct 11)
Auckland -1.7% 6.3%
Wellington -10.3% -0.5%
North Island - Other -2.9% 8.1%
Canterbury -4.5% 46.7%
South Island - Other 2.0% 23.5%
Nationwide -3.3% 10.1%


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 industry that experienced the biggest growth in skilled vacancies for the month of October was healthcare and medical (up by 5.7%). The construction and engineering industry in the region continued to decline in October (down by 5.1%) showing a continued lull in hiring in this industry.

 

For more information on Jobs Online, see the Background and Methodology report.

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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.