SkillsInsight (SIT) Tool
Page last modified on 31 March 2010.
The SIT has been designed to provide quantitative evidence about the supply of, and demand for, labour in New Zealand. In addition to supply and demand indicators, the tool displays demographic characteristics and industry compositions for all ninety-six 3-digit occupation groups.
Please note that the Training Rates indicator for the SkillsInsight Tool is currently being updated to incorporate the release of updated field of study data from the Ministry of Education. The update will be completed for the September 2009 biannual update
The SIT is the first component of a larger suite of reports and information tools that come under the heading of SkillsInsight. These tools and reports aim to provide extensive labour market information for all occupation groups in order to facilitate decision making by our stakeholders. It is also the goal of the Department of Labour to try to incorporate occupational information from a range of non-governmental sources in addition to official sources to better reflect current labour market conditions. A pilot project with the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) demonstrating this type of collaboration can be found on this webpage along with the SkillsInsight Tool. Link to IPENZ Project Description.
WHAT TYPES OF DATA DOES THE SIT HAVE?
The SIT is divided into six component pages based upon the nature of the indicators presented. A short explanation of each page is contained below. For further information about specific indicators and their interpretation, see the Glossary contained within the tool itself or the User Guide found on this page.
Summary View: contains a selection of labour market supply and demand indicators to provide a general overview of the labour market status of an occupation.
Detailed Demand Measures: this page provides a closer look at the labour market demand indicators, both historical and future, for the selected occupation group.
Detailed Supply Measures: This page provides an in-depth look at the labour market supply indicators for the selected occupation group.
Occupational Characteristics: this page provides an in-depth look at the labour market supply indicators for the selected occupation group.
NOTE: To view occupational characteristics information at the 5-digit level, please consult the Jobs and Tertiary Education Indicator Tool.
Detailed Industry Employment Measures: this page shows the top ten industries relating to the following criteria:
- The industries in which the greatest proportion of the selected occupation group are employed.
- The industries that recorded the largest overall change in employment for the selected occupation group.
Occupational Rankings for Selected Measures: Shows the top and bottom twenty occupations for a selection of labour market supply and demand indicators.
CAVEATS AND CAUTIONS
- Every effort has been made to provide robust information using rigorous methods of analysis. However, it is important to understand all information within its context and its limitations. It is therefore recommended that the SIT be used in conjunction with other data sources and that the Glossary be consulted to ensure total understanding of the SIT indicators and related caveats.
- The SIT should not be used on its own for highly detailed planning. For example, it cannot tell you that there should be training for, say, 32 more plumbers in Napier in any one year.
TIPS ON VIEWING THE DATA
You can re-size the window to get your desired view by holding down the Ctrl Key and using your mouse scroll to resize the window. You can also change the Zoom to increase or decrease the number of columns and rows you can see at any one time.
UPDATES AND DATA SOURCES
The data in the SIT is compiled from a variety of sources. These include official statistics and data derived from them, as well as statistics from other accessible data sources. Some data, such as Permanent and Long-Term Migration, is available on a monthly basis while Census data is only collected every five years. It is important to consult the Glossary contained within the tool to find the most recent release or estimation period for a given indicator. The data in the SIT is expected to be updated twice a year in line with the updates of occupational employment forecasts.
This is the first published version of the tool, so if you have any technical problems or questions about interpretation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.