The number of jobs advertised online in January showed their strongest growth in 4-1/2 years and growth has reached pre-recession levels, according to government figures.
The latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows that the number of online job vacancies grew 7.5 per cent in January, after being almost flat in December.
Over the year to January, skilled vacancies increased by 21 per cent, while all vacancies increased by 21.8 per cent.
The South Island (excluding Canterbury) had the biggest increase in skilled vacancies which were up by 32.8 per cent over the year, followed by Auckland (up 24.5 per cent) and the Canterbury region (up 19.4 per cent).
The seasonally adjusted results show that online advertisements for skilled workers grew by 7.4 per cent in January after a weak 0.1 per cent increase in December.
The largest growth by industry sector was shown by the accounting, HR, legal and administration industries (up 16.1 per cent), and construction and engineering (up 6.5 per cent).
Skilled vacancies increased in all occupation groups in January, with the biggest increase for technicians and trade workers (up 10.1 per cent).
The Jobs Online report had shown a continuous upward trend since January last year and the growth in vacancies over the last few months was consistent with the latest Household Labour Force Survey results, the MBIE said.
In the December 2013 quarterly labour force survey, employment was up 1.1 per cent while unemployment fell by 0.2 per cent compared with the previous quarter.
The ministry said it expected the labour market to continue to strengthen, leading to further increases in vacancies.
- Fairfax Media