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Jobs Online monthly report – September 2012

Published: October 2012

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

Online vacancies fell in September

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled[1] job vacancies fell by 5.4% in September, following an increase in August. Similarly, all job vacancies fell by 4.5% in September, following an increase in August.

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

Although there has been some variation month to month, the trend series shows that skilled vacancies have been generally increasing since late 2011. The trend reached a peak in June 2012 and has since flattened (see Figure 1).

Over the year, skilled vacancies increased by 3.8% and all vacancies increased by 4.5%.

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. Results from recent business confidence surveys[2] show hiring intentions have eased but remain positive. The Ministry forecasts[3] employment to grow by 1.8% in the 2013 March year and by 2.1% in the 2014 March year.

Skilled job vacancies fell across most industry groups and in all skilled occupation groups

In the month of September, skilled job vacancies fell in most industry groups (see Table 1). The biggest falls were in accounting, HR, legal and administration (down by 8.2%) and education and training (down by 7.6%). Hospitality and tourism was the only industry group that had an increase (up by 1.9%) over the month.

Over the year to September 2012, growth in skilled job vacancies varied across industry groups. The demand for skilled workers was the strongest in construction and engineering (up by 20.5%) and healthcare and medical (up by 16.9%).

Table 1: Skilled Vacancies Index by industry and occupation groups, seasonally adjusted

Industry Monthly change
(Aug 12-Sep 12)
Annual change
(Sep 11-Sep 12)
Hospitality and tourism
1.9%
6.0%
Healthcare and medical
-1.2%
16.9%
Construction and engineering
-3.8%
20.5%
Sales, retail, marketing and advertising
-6.6%
-4.7%
Information technology
-6.9%
-8.4%
Education and training
-7.6%
-13.0%
Accounting, HR, legal and administration
-8.2%
-4.9%
Other
-1.8%
16.1%
Occupation Monthly change
(Aug 12-Sep 12)
Annual change
(Sep 11-Sep 12)
Technicians and trades workers
-4.4%
16.3%
Professionals
-7.2%
0.2%
Managers
-8.1%
0.5%
Total skilled job vacancies
-5.4%
3.8%

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 September, job vacancies fell in all skilled occupation groups. The demand for managers had the biggest fall (down by 8.1%), followed by professionals (down by 7.2%), and technicians and trades workers (down by 4.4%).

Over the year, job vacancies increased across all skilled occupation groups. The technicians and trades occupation had the biggest increase (up by 16.3%), while growth was modest for managers (up by 0.5%) and professionals (up by 0.2%).

Skilled job vacancies fell in all regions

Skilled job vacancies fell in all regions in September (see Table 2). The North Island (excluding Auckland and Wellington) had the largest fall (down by 9.9%), followed by Wellington (down by 6.0%) and Auckland (down by 5.2%). Compared to other regions, Canterbury had the smallest fall in September (down by 1.4%).

Table 2: Skilled Vacancies Index by region, seasonally adjusted

Region Monthly change
(Aug 12-Sep 12)
Annual change
(Sep 11-Sep 12)
Auckland
-5.2%
-0.1%
Wellington
-6.0%
-2.5%
North Island – Other
-9.9%
1.2%
Canterbury
-1.4%
24.0%
South Island – Other
-3.0%
17.0%
Nationwide
-5.4%
3.8%

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, Canterbury showed the strongest growth in skilled vacancies of any region (up by 24.0%), followed by the rest of the South Island (up by 17.0%). Growth in job ads in Auckland and Wellington has declined slightly over the past year (see Figure 5).

Construction and engineering driving vacancy 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 demand for skilled workers in the construction and engineering (up by 60.2%) and information technology (up by 35.1%) industry groups. The strong growth in job vacancies in the construction and engineering industry shows that Canterbury rebuilding efforts continue to boost demand for labour in the region.

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 noticeable revisions of previously published figures towards the end of the data series. Table 3 below gives a summary of the revisions made to the previous Jobs Online reports over the past four months.

Table 3a: Revisions Summary - Skilled Vacancies Index

Month Skilled Vacancies Index
Revised Previously Published[4]
Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Percentage change
May 2012
9.9
10.1
9.6
10.1
Jun 2012
-2.3
7.5
-2.1
7.5
Jul 2012
-1.8
5.3
-2.1
5.3
Aug 2012
3.7
7.8
4.9
7.9
Table 3b: Revisions Summary - All Vacancies Index
Month All Vacancies Index
Revised Previously Published[4]
Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Percentage change
May 2012
9.5
12.8
9.6
12.7
Jun 2012
-3.7
6.7
-3.7
6.7
Jul 2012
0.5
9.1
0.8
9.1
Aug 2012
2.3
7.8
2.6
7.9

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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.

[2] Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) September 2012 and National Bank Business Outlook (NBBO) September 2012

[3] Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (September 2012) Quarterly Labour Market Report September 2012

[4] Figures as published last month