MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment MBIE – Skilled job vacancies increase

Skilled job vacancies advertised online increased by 4.0 per cent in the past year, despite a 0.7 per cent drop in May, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Jobs Online report.

Overall, skilled vacancies were strong over the year, but have weakened since December.

The largest monthly increase was in the IT industry group (up 1.3 per cent) while the largest fall was in the construction and engineering industry group (down 2.2 per cent).

Ministry Labour Market and Business Performance manager David Paterson says the report highlights several key trends across industries, occupations, and regions.

“The report highlights key trends such as this month’s fall in the number of vacancies and points to weaker demand in the construction industry as being partly responsible for this.”

While skilled vacancies went down in four out of eight industry groups in May, they still increased in five out of ten regions over the past month. The largest increase was in Waikato (up 0.7 per cent).

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