The Jobs Online report for September 2017 has been published by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. In it, the All Vacancies Index has shown a slight increase of 0.4 per cent in the month to September 2017.
Vacancies increased in only one out of eight industry groups. The only contributor was healthcare and medical (up 1.0 per cent). However, vacancies increased in six out of eight occupation groups. The largest increases were for labourers (up 1.1 per cent) and machinery drivers (up 0.9 per cent).
Hitting a similarly low score, vacancies increased in one out of five skill levels with the only increase was in low skilled (up 0.5 per cent) occupation.
On a regional basis, however, vacancies increased in seven out of ten regions over the month, with the biggest increase in Otago/Southland (up 1.3 per cent). Over the past year, online vacancies increased by 9.6 per cent.
Jobs Online measures changes in online job advertisements from four internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, the Education Gazette and Kiwi Health Jobs. The overall trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.