Growth in Job Vacancies

( Figures released today by the Department of Labour show continued growth in the total number of job vacancies advertised online.

The Department’s Jobs Online report provides information on labour market demand by measuring data from online job advertisers, Trade Me Jobs and SEEK.

The Department’s Head of Labour Market Information Benedikte Jensen says the continued growth in the total number of job vacancies indicates the economy is gradually improving.

In the three months to the end of August, skilled job vacancies increased by 7.7% and total job vacancies by 7.4%. Skilled job vacancies increased across all major occupational groups and across all regions.

The strongest regional growth was in Christchurch, where there was a 10.1% increase in skilled job vacancies, and in Auckland where skilled vacancies increased by 7.9%.

Growth in skilled job vacancies was strongest in IT (up 12.5%), construction and engineering (up 7.4%), and health and medical (up 6.5%) industry groups.

Job vacancies have been growing consistently since June 2009 when they were at their lowest point due to the recession. Since then, total vacancies have grown by 44.4% and skilled vacancies by 41.1%. The Jobs Online monthly report for August can be found at:

Media Release 20 September 2010 from Department of Labour.