The Jobs Online quarterly data release for September has been published by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. It shows job advertisements rising by 1.9 per cent in the September 2018 quarter. The figures measure changes in online job advertisements from four internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, Education Gazette and Kiwi Health Jobs. The trend series is used as the primary indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.
The data shows online advertisements increased by 1.9 per cent in the September 2018 quarter, the same as the June 2018 quarter. Construction and engineering, business services and the health sector showed the strongest increase across most of the regions while the strongest percentage increase in online advertising over the quarter came from professional occupations and machinery operator and driver groups in most regions.
Over the year, the increase was contributed to by highly skilled and unskilled jobs. Semi-skilled jobs continued to show the weakest increase, especially in the sales occupation group.
Provincial New Zealand still leads the increase in job advertisements over the quarter, however, the size of Auckland and Wellington meant they were the main contributors’ of quarterly increase, while Canterbury’s job advertisements fell. Over the year, the main contributors of overall increase remained in Auckland and Wellington when the volume of advertisements was considered.