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Jobs Online monthly report – September 2011

(Revised 16 November 2011)

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

Erratum

The Department of Labour discovered a technical error in the September 2011 dataset. This has affected all the figures that were published on 18 October 2011. All the figures in this report have been revised. The overall trend however remains the same.

Online job vacancies fell in September

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled vacancies[1]decreased by 4.7% in September 2011 following an increase in August 2011. All vacancies also fell by 4.2% following an increase in August 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, growth in online job vacancies remained positive with skilled vacancies up by 18.0% and all vacancies up by 20.3%. 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 59.2% and all vacancies up by 61.8% (see Figure 1).

Skilled job vacancies fell in most industries and all occupations

Most industries experienced a drop in advertised skilled job vacancies in September, with the biggest falls in hospitality and tourism (down by 10.3%), and construction and engineering (down by 9.3%). Only the IT industry had an increase (up by 5.0%) in skilled job vacancies in September (see Table 1).

Compared with a year ago, the number of skilled job vacancies increased across all industries. Over the past year, growth in skilled job vacancies was the strongest in the construction and engineering industry (up by 31.2%), largely due to the reconstruction activities in Canterbury.

All occupation groups showed a decrease in skilled job vacancies in September. Vacancies for managers were down by 5.5%, professionals were down by 4.1% and technicians and trades workers were down by 3.1%. Compared to 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
(Aug 11 - Sept 11)

Annual change
(Sept 10 – Sept 11)

Information technology

5.0%

13.0%

Healthcare and medical

-1.7%

4.2%

Sales, retail, marketing and advertising

-2.8%

15.7%

Education and training

-4.1%

7.8%

Accounting, human resource, legal and admin

-8.3%

17.0%

Construction and engineering

-9.3%

31.2%

Hospitality and tourism

-10.3%

20.6%

Other

-2.0%

29.1%

Occupation

Monthly change
(Aug 11 - Sept 11)

Annual change
(Sept 10 – Sept 11)

Technicians and trades workers

-3.1%

36.3%

Professionals

-4.1%

8.1%

Managers

-5.5%

19.5%

Total skilled job vacancies

-4.7%

18.0%


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

Skilled job vacancies fell in all regions

All regions showed a decrease in advertised skilled job vacancies in September. The biggest fall in job vacancies was in Auckland (down by 6.0%), while Wellington experienced a mild drop in skilled job vacancies (down by 1.1%).

On an annual basis, skilled job vacancies increased in all regions, with Canterbury experiencing the strongest growth of any region (up by 60.2%) due to the reconstruction activities in the region following the recent earthquakes. In Canterbury, the construction and engineering industry experienced strong growth in advertised skilled job vacancies over the past year (up 99.5%).  

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

Region Monthly change
(Aug 11 - Sept 11)

Annual change
(Sept 10 – Sept 11)

Auckland

-6.0%

12.8%

Wellington

-1.1%

10.1%

North Island - Other

-4.0%

15.1%

Canterbury

-1.8%

60.2%

South Island - Other

-4.1%

27.4%

Nationwide

-4.7%

18.0%


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 September, growth in the number of skilled job vacancies in the Canterbury region varied by industry group. Industries in the region that experienced the strongest growth were hospitality and tourism (up by 38.5%), and sales, retail, marketing and advertising (up by 11.2%). Accounting, HR, legal and administration industry had the biggest decrease in the region (down by 12.8%). The construction and engineering industry continued to decline in September (down by 4.0%) showing a continued lull in hiring in this industry.


[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.