Fact sheet

Jobs Online monthly report – May 2014

18 Jun 2014

Skilled job vacancies in New Zealand advertised online fell by 2.7 per cent in May, although there was moderate growth in the South Island.


Jobs Online measures changes in job vacancies advertised by businesses on the two main internet job boards – SEEK and Trade Me Jobs. The trend series is used as it reduces the month to month volatility.


  • The trend for online job vacancies was down in May. Online vacancies for skilled jobs fell by 2.7 per cent in May, while all vacancies decrease by 2.6 per cent.
  • Online advertisements for vacancies decreased in all industry groups. The largest decreases were in the accounting, HR, legal and administration and information technology (both down 4.2 per cent) industries.
  • Vacancies fell in all occupation groups. The biggest month-on-month decrease was for professionals (down 3.3 per cent), while professional workers (down 5.2 per cent) was the only year-on-year decrease.
  • Skilled job vacancies grew modestly in the South Island regions. The biggest increase was in the South Island (excluding Canterbury) region (up 0.6 per cent), followed by the Canterbury region (up 0.2 per cent).
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