There are a growing number of information technology jobs being advertised online in New Zealand, making it the strongest employment sector at the end of last year. But there are fewer job vacancies in construction, engineers and education.

Official figures show that the number of jobs in IT increased by 6.2% in December compared to November. But engineering and construction jobs fell be 8.9%, and education and training jobs were down by 8.2%.

The only regional increase was in Canterbury where skilled vacancies grew by 2.2% in the last month. Canterbury industries with the biggest growth in skilled vacancies were information technology which was up 20.6% and education and training industries which was up 19.5%.

Overall the number of skilled job vacancies advertised online decreased slightly across most industry and occupation groups in December compared to the previous month but were up 7.7% on December 2010, the Department of Labour data also shows.

The latest results from the Department’s Jobs Online index show that skilled job vacancies fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.9% in December compared to November. Job vacancies overall also fell by 1.8%.

Compared to December 2010, skilled job vacancies rose 7.7% and all job vacancies rose by 7.2%. Growth in skilled job vacancies was strongest in Canterbury where they were up 40.6% compared with December 2010.
‘This growth in the Canterbury region is largely due to reconstruction activities in the area,’ says the Department’s acting general manager of labour and immigration research, Sankar Ramasamy.

‘The monthly nationwide decrease shows employers were cautious about hiring over December, while the fall since a peak in May 2011 indicates a sluggish labour market. The department forecasts employment growth of 1.3% in the March 2012 year and 1.6% in 2013,’ Ramasamy added.