This month’s increase in skilled vacancies was driven by the hospitality and tourism industry (up 1.8 per cent). The occupation group that saw the biggest month-on-month increase was managers (up 0.6 per cent).
The report said skilled job vacancies increased in eight out of ten regions over the past month. The Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast region led the growth (up 1.8 per cent). This was followed by the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay regions (both up 1.3 per cent).
Over the year, the Bay of Plenty region had the biggest increase in skilled vacancies (up 28.0 per cent).
The Ministry’s Labour Market and Business Performance Manager David Paterson says the increase in skilled vacancies for the Bay of Plenty region is consistent with the growth in employment in the region over the year (up 6.3 per cent), compared to the national average of 3.5 per cent.