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Skilled job vacancies in July up 7.5 per cent

Skilled job vacancies in July up 7.5 per cent

Online job vacancies for skilled workers grew in July after a drop in June, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report.

The latest seasonally adjusted results show that as well as an increase in overall online job vacancies (8.3 per cent), online advertisements for skilled workers grew by 7.5 per cent in July.

The increase in skilled worker vacancies appeared in all industry groups. The construction and engineering industry showed the largest monthly increase (up 10.0 per cent). This was followed by the accounting, HR, legal and administration industry (up 7.1 per cent) and the information technology industry (up 6.1 per cent).

For the year to July 2013, the strongest growth in skilled worker vacancies was in the hospitality and tourism industry (up 26.6 per cent).

The biggest increase in skilled worker vacancies over the year was in Auckland (up 12.0 per cent), followed by the South Island (excluding Canterbury) region (up 11.5per cent), while Canterbury increased 9.2 per cent.

Overall job vacancies have increased by 13.2% for the year, with skilled worker vacancies up by 9.4% for the year.

“While monthly results can be volatile, the trend in vacancies has been rising over the last six months, reflecting strong employment growth,” said the Ministry’s manager of Labour Market and Business Performance, David Paterson.

More information on Jobs Online is available at www.dol.govt.nz/publications/jol/index.asp.

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