The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in New Zealand has released the Jobs Online report for March 2018. Bringing together data from SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, Education Gazette and Kiwi Health Job the level of job vacancies recorded are an indicator of labour demand and changes in the economy.
The latest figures show online advertisements growing by 3.4 per cent in the March 2018 quarter, the strongest quarterly growth since the December 2016 quarter. Across the sectors, the strongest growth in advertising over the quarter came from the services industry, particularly hospitality and tourism which was up by 4.6 per cent, IT, which was up by 4.5 per cent and the health industry which was up by 4.2 per cent.
Advertising for labourers rose strongest over the quarter, along with machinery drivers and operators. This occupation has been the main driver of job opening growth in the past year.
Over the year, the main drivers of growth lay outside of the main centres. Manawatu/Whanganui had the highest growth at an increase of 6 per cent, followed by Otago/Southland which was up by 5.6 per cent, the Waikato also up by 5.6 per cent, and the Bay of Plenty which was up by 4.6 per cent.