The number of job vacancies advertised online fell in June following an increase in May, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The latest results show skilled job vacancies fell by a seasonally adjusted 2.1 percent in June compared to May, and total online job vacancies fell by 4.5 percent.
Over the past year, however, growth in online job vacancies has been positive with skilled job vacancies 7.5 percent higher than a year ago and total job vacancies up by 6.7 percent.
"The Jobs Online series is seasonally adjusted, but still exhibits month-to-month volatility. It is the trend over time that is important and the overall increase in job vacancies over the past year suggests a modest improvement in the labour market. This is consistent with the anticipated gradual recovery in employment over the coming year," says the Ministry's General Manager of the Labour and Immigration Research Centre, Vasantha Krishnan.
Over the past 12 months, Canterbury showed the strongest growth in online skilled vacancies of any region (up by 20.5 percent). The continued strong growth in the region has been driven by the demand for skilled workers in construction and engineering (up by 46.3 percent) and healthcare and medical (up by 32.2 percent).
Auckland and Wellington experienced modest growth in skilled vacancies over the June year, rising by 4.9 percent and 1.7 percent respectively.
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