Online job vacancies grew in June

The number of skilled jobs advertised online grew by 2.5 per cent in June 2014, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report.

The monthly growth is driven by a bounce back of skilled vacancies in most industry groups and in all occupation groups. The biggest month-on-month increases were in the construction and engineering industry (up 7.4 per cent) and in managerial occupations (up 2.4 per cent).

The Auckland region leads the growth in June with a 2.9 per cent increase. This is followed by the South Island (excluding Canterbury), up 1.8 per cent.

MBIE’s Labour Market and Business Performance Manager David Paterson says the figures are consistent with the latest results from the Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion showing positive hiring intentions of firms and expansion of business activities in all regions.

“Despite the monthly fluctuations, we can see a healthy trend in vacancies over the past year, across all regions and most industries,” he says.

Over the year to June, skilled vacancies increased by 16.5 per cent, and all vacancies by 17.2 per cent. The biggest yearly growth in skilled vacancies was in construction and engineering (up 40.2 per cent) and hospitality and tourism industries (up 27.6 per cent). The healthcare and medical industry had the only decrease over the year to June, going down by 10.7 per cent.

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