Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Job tracking tool launched

15 December 2009 Media Statement

Job tracking tool launched

A new programme for measuring changes in the labour market was launched today by Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett.

Jobs Online monitors the number of skilled vacancies advertised on the main internet job boards. It tracks the number of job ads at an occupational, regional and industry level providing an indication of the strength, or weakness of the labour market.

``We can now see with greater accuracy where demand is for certain jobs, what sectors and regions are experiencing a growth in vacancies and where there are skills shortages,’’ Ms Bennett said.

``It’s important because it also allows agencies to address those shortages, and the number of vacancies is one of the many indicators used to assess the economy’s health.’’

“The November report from Jobs Online indicates that from August to November the number of ads for skilled jobs increased by 1.5%.”

The Department of Labour’s Jobs Online replaces the previous Job Vacancy Monitoring Programme that measured newspaper job advertisements in 25 metro and regional newspapers. Internet advertising is now the main method for notifying jobseekers of job vacancies.

The results from Jobs Online are presented as an index, which measures the change in the number of job ads rather than the absolute number of vacancies.

The Department of Labour will be releasing monthly statistics of changes in job vacancies. This will help the Department, market participants and economic forecasters by providing robust indicators of change in the labour market.

It is available from


Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos

Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.