The Jobs Online monthly report for January 2018 has been released by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment in New Zealand.
The report measures changes in online job advertisements from four internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs, Education Gazette and Kiwi Health Jobs.
The latest data shows the All Vacancies Index increased by 0.4 per cent for January 2018. Vacancies increased in seven out of eight industry groups with the largest contributor being the hospitality and tourism industry (up 1.3 per cent). The biggest fall was for the information technology industry (down 0.2 per cent).
Across all eight occupation groups there were increases in vacancies with the largest recorded in sales (up 1.2 per cent) and labourers (up 1.0 per cent).
Vacancies increased in all five skill levels. The largest increases were for unskilled (up 1.1 percent) and skilled and semi-skilled (both up 0.7 per cent) occupations and analysed by region it emerged vacancies increased in nine out of ten regions over the month. The biggest increases in Bay of Plenty (up 2.0 per cent) and Northland (up 1.6 per cent).
The Ministry have calculated that over the past year, online vacancies increased by 6.6 per cent.