The All Vacancies Index of the Jobs Online measurement increased by 0.7 per cent in the month of February 2018. The measure, produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment inn New Zealand gives an important indicator of labour demand and changes in the economy.
In more detail, vacancies increased in all eight industry groups. The largest contributors were the hospitality and tourism, healthcare and medical, and IT industries (all up 1.4 per cent).
Vacancies also increased in seven out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 1.6 per cent) and sales (up 1.4 per cent). The only fall was for the machinery drivers’ occupation (down 0.6 per cent).
All five skill levels also showed increases while on a regional basis, vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions over the month, with the biggest increases in Northland (up 1.7 per cent) and Bay of Plenty (up 1.3 per cent).
Over the past year, the measure has shown online vacancies increasing by 6.8 per cent.