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Online vacancies for skilled jobs in New Zealand showed little change in October.


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 the lead indicator as it reduces the month-to-month volatility.


  • Online job vacancies were steady in October. Online vacancies for skilled jobs showed little change (with a slight fall of 0.2 per cent).   All vacancies increased by 0.6 per cent over the month.
  • Skilled vacancies results were mixed across industry groups. A fall in vacancies in the construction and engineering industry (down 0.6 per cent), was partly offset by rises in several other industries, including the hospitality and tourism industry (up 1.3 per cent).
  • Skilled vacancies results were also mixed across occupation groups. Likewise, a fall in vacancies in the managers’ occupation group (down 0.4 per cent) was partly offset by rises in technician and trades workers (up 0.6 per cent).
  • Skilled vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions over the last year. The biggest annual increases were in Otago/Southland (up 19.6 per cent), Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (up 14.6 per cent), and Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay (up 14.4 per cent).
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