The All Vacancies Index from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in New Zealand has shown a slight increase of 0.1 per cent in October. However, over the past year, online vacancies increased by 8.2 per cent.
Vacancies increased in five out of eight industry groups with the largest contributor being healthcare and medical industry (up 1.1 per cent). The biggest fall was for the Information technology industry (down 1.1 per cent).
Vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for machinery drivers (up 2.2 per cent) and labourers (up 1.6 per cent). Vacancies also increased in four out of five skill levels. The largest increase was in low skilled (up 1.0 per cent) occupation. Finally, vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions over the month, with the biggest increase in Otago/Southland (up 1.5 per cent).
Jobs Online measures changes in online job advertisements from four internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, the Education Gazette and KiwiHealth Jobs. The overall trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.