The number of jobs advertised online was flat in December compared with November, while vacancies over the year showed a healthy increase, government figures show.
The latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment shows that the growth in online job vacancies in December was weak at just 0.1 per cent, after a 1.5 per cent increase in November.
Over the year to December, skilled vacancies increased by 11.7 per cent, while all vacancies increased by 15.4 per cent, the ministry said.
The biggest increase in skilled worker vacancies was for technicians and trade workers, which were up 5.1 per cent across the country.
Over the year, the Canterbury region showed the strongest growth in skilled vacancies, which were up 19.3 per cent, followed by the rest of the South Island (up 16.4 per cent) and the Auckland region (up 13.1 per cent).
Growth in skilled vacancies in the Canterbury region over the year was largely driven by increases in the accounting, HR, legal and administration sectors which were up 30.5 per cent, hospitality and tourism (up 25.2 per cent), and construction and engineering (up 20.9 per cent).
- Fairfax Media