Skill shortages appear to be reaching a critical level in the
South Island while skilled vacancies advertised in the North
Island continue to fall.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures
released yesterday showed Canterbury and the rest of the
South Island were the only two regions to show growth in
online advertised skilled job vacancies.
Canterbury vacancies, as measured by the ministry, rose 0.2%
in May from April.
In the rest of the South Island, vacancies increased by 0.6%.
With North Island demand for skilled vacancies falling, the
New Zealand total was a 2.7% fall in skilled job vacancies
for the month.
However, annual figures showed Canterbury vacancies rising
10.2% and the rest of the South Island rising by 22.5%.
The annual increase in Auckland was 4.2%, Wellington had a
fall of 2.5% and the rest of the North Island had a rise of
1%. Combined, that gave an annual rise of 4.4%.
The ministry report is part of a monthly series.
The highlights of the report showed the trend for online job
vacancies was down in May with skilled jobs falling 2.7%
while all vacancies falling by 2.6%.
Online advertisements for vacancies fell in all industry
The largest falls were in accounting, human resources, legal
and administration and information technology industries, all
falling by 4.2%.
Vacancies fell in all occupation groups in May. The biggest
month-on-month fall was for professionals, down 3.3%.
In the year ended May, the demand for environmental
scientists, mixed crop and livestock workers and butchers and
small goods makers grew.
The fastest growing occupations were in industries related to
construction, agriculture and food manufacturing.