In New Zealand, The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released its Jobs Online report for May 2017. According to the report, the All Vacancies Index remained steady with an increase of 0.6 per cent in May 2017 with online vacancies increasing by 11.8 per cent over the year.
Vacancies increased in five out of eight industry groups and the biggest contributors were hospitality and tourism (up 1.6 per cent), and construction and engineering (up 1.4 per cent). The biggest fall was for information technology (down 1.5 per cent).
Five out of eight occupation groups saw increases in vacancies. The largest increase was for machinery drivers (up 2.6 per cent). Meanwhile, four out of five skill levels increased vacancies with the largest increases in semi-skilled (up 2.2 per cent), followed by unskilled (up 1.4 per cent) and low-skilled (up 1.3 per cent) occupations.
For this index, more job titles were added to the match file used to code the occupations and skill levels. MBIE says the change does not affect the all vacancy index, regional and industry breakdowns.