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Vacancy Report

February 2013

Key Points
The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) decreased by 0.7% in January 2013 in trend terms and is at its lowest level since the series began in January 2006. By contrast, in seasonally adjusted terms, the IVI increased by 2.0% over the month. Over the year in trend terms, the IVI has fallen by 23.2%, with declines recorded in all states and territories, the strongest being in Queensland (down by 32.6%), followed by South Australia (28.5%) and Western Australia (28.0%). The Regional IVI (three month moving average), declined in 37 of the 38 regions over the year to January 2013, and increased marginally in the Blue Mountains (up by 1.7%). The strongest falls were recorded in South West WA (down by 44.4%) and Central Queensland (41.4%).

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Trend Summary
Monthly Change Decreased by 0.7% to 65.5 (Jan 2006 =
100), the lowest level since the series began in January 2006 Declined in all eight occupational groups The strongest falls were recorded for Professionals (down by 1.8%), and Sales Workers (1.1%) Decreased in all states and territories

Seasonally Adjusted Summary


Monthly Change Increased by 2.0% to 66.7 (Jan 2006 =
100) Increased in seven of the eight occupational groups The strongest rises were recorded for Clerical and Administrative Workers (up by 5.0%), and Professionals (3.0%) Increased in five states and the ACT

Annual Change Declined by 23.2% Decreased in all eight occupational groups The strongest falls were recorded for
Technicians and Trades Workers (28.4%) and Machinery Operators and Drivers (26.7%) Decreased in all states and territories

Annual Change Declined by 22.0% Declined in all eight occupational groups The strongest falls were recorded for
Technicians and Trades Workers (down by 26.8%), followed by Machinery Operators and Drivers (25.8%) Decreased in all states and territories

(168,300 vacancies)

(170,100 vacancies)

Internet Vacancy Index and Skilled Internet Vacancy Index (January 2006 = 100)
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IVI Trend IVI Seasonally Adjusted IVI Skilled

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Jan-06 Apr-06 Jul-06 Oct-06 Jan-07 Apr-07 Jul-07 Oct-07 Jan-08 Apr-08 Jul-08 Oct-08 Jan-09 Apr-09 Jul-09 Oct-09 Jan-10 Apr-10 Jul-10 Oct-10 Jan-11 Apr-11 Jul-11 Oct-11 Jan-12 Apr-12 Jul-12 Oct-12 Jan-13

Internet Vacancy Index Trend Series


In trend terms, the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) decreased by 0.7% in January 2013 and has declined by 23.2% over the year, to stand at its lowest level since the series began in January 2006. Despite this decline, there were still around 168,300 newly lodged vacancies advertised over the month of January 2013. Over the year to January 2013, vacancies fell in all states and territories, with the strongest decrease recorded in Queensland (down by 32.6%).
Index (Jan '06 = 100) 78.2 73.8 71.8 89.1 55.7 58.6 Monthly % change -0.5 -1.8 -0.6 -0.4 -0.4 -1.1 Yearly % change -18.9 -25.2 -28.4 -11.3 -22.8 -14.1 Number of vacancie s 20,655 46,590 20,870 12,934 29,187 16,514

IVI - January 2013 Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers

Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers States and Territories New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia Tasmania Northern Territory Australian Capital Territory Australia

64.4 44.2 57.9 62.3 61.2 56.5 111.6 51.7 126.8 115.2 65.5

-0.8 -0.8 -0.4 -0.5 -1.8 -2.7 -0.8 -1.1 -0.6 -0.7 -0.7

-26.7 -25.1 -15.7 -19.6 -32.6 -28.5 -28.0 -14.5 -12.9 -22.4 -23.2

8708 13,236 55,333 39,466 33,100 7779 22,941 1528 3221 4885 168,327

Internet Vacancy Index Seasonally Adjusted Series


In seasonally adjusted terms, the IVI increased by 2.0% in January 2013, with rises recorded in seven of the eight occupational groups. Increases were recorded in five states and the ACT with the strongest rise in Victoria (up by 2.7%), followed by New South Wales (2.1%) and Western Australia (1.8%). Over the year to January 2013 the IVI has decreased by 22.0%, with a decline in vacancies across all states and territories.
Index (Jan '06 = 100) 79.5 73.5 74.3 90.8 56.3 59.3 65.7 45.2 58.9 62.6 61.8 57.3 114.5 51.4 121.7 120.6 66.7 Monthly % change 1.4 3.0 1.6 0.2 5.0 -0.1 0.0 0.2 2.1 2.7 0.5 -0.4 1.8 0.2 -1.5 0.9 2.0 Yearly % change -18.1 -25.4 -26.8 -12.3 -21.4 -13.9 -25.8 -23.2 -14.3 -19.7 -31.1 -27.6 -26.6 -13.4 -13.3 -22.2 -22.0 Number of vacancie s 20,791 46,658 21,147 12,986 29,403 16,544 8751 13,410 55,958 39,345 33,632 7778 23,188 1539 3189 4931 170,145

IVI - Seasonally Adjusted Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers States and Territories New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia Tasmania Northern Territory Australian Capital Territory Australia

Skilled Internet Vacancy Index


The Skilled IVI decreased by 1.6% in January 2013, however, six occupational groups increased slightly over the month, with the strongest increase recorded for Information Professionals (up by 2.0%), followed by Transport and Design Professionals, and Architects (1.0%) and Construction Trades (0.5%). Science Professionals and Veterinarians recorded the strongest decrease (down by 10.6%), followed by Engineers (5.7%), and Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals (3.4%). Over the year to January 2013, the Skilled IVI has fallen by 26.2%, with falls recorded across all occupational groups, with the exception of Education Professionals (up by 1.3%). The strongest decline was recorded for Science Professionals and Veterinarians (down by 60.0%), followed by Engineers (45.7%) and Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians (38.9%).
Index (Jan '06 = 100) 73.8 60.2 86.0 61.4 64.4 53.6 102.0 85.4 86.5 97.9 133.4 145.0 121.8 71.8 71.6 79.5 64.6 74.7 74.9 62.4 63.5 60.2 73.3 Monthl y% change -1.8 -1.7 0.3 -1.2 -3.4 -1.8 2.0 0.4 1.0 -5.7 -10.6 -0.1 -0.3 -0.6 -2.7 -1.7 0.5 -1.4 -1.4 -0.3 0.2 -2.3 -1.6 Yearly % change -25.2 -26.6 1.3 -25.9 -25.0 -17.4 -19.3 -10.4 -20.6 -45.7 -60.0 -9.3 -6.7 -28.4 -38.9 -33.5 -13.2 -22.4 -14.5 -21.4 -12.7 -23.9 -26.2 Number of vacancies 46,590 710 1406 9208 3666 10,569 1692 2907 2023 6263 1457 2478 3903 20,870 4819 5645 2031 2146 3723 709 1368 399 67,600

Skilled IVI - January 2013 Professionals Arts and Media Professionals Education Professionals ICT Professionals Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals Business, Finance and Human Resource Professionals Information Professionals Sales, Marketing & Public Relations Professionals Transport and Design Professionals, and Architects Engineers Science Professionals and Veterinarians Health Diagnostic and Therapy Professionals Medical Practitioners and Nurses Technicians and Trades Workers Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians Automotive and Engineering Trades Construction Trades Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Food Trades Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers Hairdressers, Printing, Clothing and Wood Trades Jewellers, Arts and Other Trades Workers Skilled IVI Total

Regional Internet Vacancy Index1


Over the year to January 2013, the number of online vacancies decreased in 37 of the 38 regions (three month moving average), and increased marginally in the Blue Mountains (up by 1.7%). The two strongest falls were recorded in South West WA (down by 44.4%) and Central Queensland (41.4%). Despite the fall in most regions over the year to January 2013, the number of vacancies remains historically high in some regions, such as the mining regions of Pilbara & Kimberley and Goldfields & Southern WA (respectively 295.8% and 104.9% higher than when the series began in May 2010). Growth in internet vacancies over the year to January 2013

The Regional IVI is in three month moving average terms, and is not seasonally adjusted and trended. As such, the series contains more seasonal effects than the overall IVI series and should be used with caution.

Regional IVI three month moving average


Index (May '10 = 100) 34.3 84.8 83.8 92.1 80.7 98.1 64.0 79.9 58.2 68.4 50.5 86.4 82.8 83.3 144.1 66.7 87.3 67.2 97.6 122.7 73.8 143.3 99.1 147.2 58.6 96.1 104.5 75.6 204.9 89.1 395.8 53.8 56.0 51.0 76.0 76.5 75.3 Yearly % change -32.6 1.7 -25.3 -22.6 -15.0 -20.6 -40.4 -8.2 -25.1 -13.4 -26.7 -15.8 -18.8 -22.5 -9.3 -21.4 -27.0 -32.6 -41.4 -33.3 -24.4 -26.3 -22.7 -9.8 -29.2 -14.7 -36.4 -33.6 -29.7 -27.1 -20.2 -44.4 -18.1 -16.1 -3.9 -11.2 -16.0 Number of vacancie s 270 797 703 830 1281 1710 2689 626 311 38,798 551 385 1174 1087 905 30,297 465 16,548 2622 4526 2737 467 1192 1643 6066 441 304 115 1336 16,197 2487 642 867 326 282 2068 715

Regional IVI - January 2013 New South Wales Bathurst & Central West NSW Blue Mountains Dubbo & Western NSW Gosford & Central Coast Illawarra & South Coast NSW North Coast Newcastle & Hunter Riverina & Murray Southern Highlands & Snowy Sydney Tamworth & North West NSW Victoria Ballarat & Central Highlands Bendigo & High Country Geelong & Surf Coast Gippsland Melbourne Wimmera & Western Queensland Brisbane Central Queensland Far North Queensland Gold Coast Outback Queensland Sunshine Coast Toowoomba & South West QLD South Australia Adelaide Fleurieu Peninsula & Murray Mallee Port Augusta & Eyre Peninsula Yorke Peninsula & Clare Valley Western Australia Goldfields & Southern WA Perth Pilbara & Kimberley South West WA Tasmania Hobart & Southeast Tasmania Launceston & Northeast Tasmania North West Tasmania Northern Territory Darwin Regional Northern Territory

State and Territory IVI trend


Index (Jan '06 # 100)
65.5 78.2 73.8 71.8 89.1 55.7 58.6 64.4 44.2 57.9 63.8 58.8 66.2 90.1 48.5 50.4 57.6 51.3 62.3 80.1 71.8 65.3 85.4 53.1 54.7 52.4 41.2 61.2 78.8 71.5 60.3 77.2 54.2 62.6 62.0 38.0 56.5 66.9 77.3 57.4 61.2 55.2 53.6 53.4 34.2 111.6 154.0 137.4 138.4 141.2 88.8 105.3 111.3 52.5 51.7 64.9 92.6 52.2 65.3 53.4 52.3 35.8 28.2 126.8 139.6 190.8 112.0 137.3 140.9 111.4 139.5 70.1 115.2 88.8 102.6 171.2 289.7 91.6 126.8 132.1 146.8

State IVI - January 2013


Australia Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers New South Wales Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers Victoria Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers Queensland Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers South Australia Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers Western Australia Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers Tasmania Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers Northern Territory Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers Australian Capital Territory Managers Professionals Technicians and Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Sales Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Labourers

Monthly % change
-0.7 -0.5 -1.8 -0.6 -0.4 -0.4 -1.1 -0.8 -0.8 -0.4 -0.6 -0.7 -0.7 -0.1 0.1 -1.1 -1.0 -0.9 -0.5 -0.6 -1.1 -0.2 -0.8 -0.9 -0.3 -0.3 -0.8 -1.8 -0.6 -4.3 -2.2 -1.1 0.3 -2.0 -2.8 -2.0 -2.7 -1.6 -4.4 -2.7 -3.5 -2.3 -1.9 -1.0 -3.9 -0.8 -2.2 -2.6 -2.1 -0.2 -0.4 -0.6 0.9 0.2 -1.1 -1.8 -0.6 -1.4 -0.7 -1.0 -0.3 -0.5 -1.2 -0.6 2.0 -1.9 -1.0 -0.7 -1.5 0.1 0.8 0.1 -0.7 -1.8 -0.8 -1.6 1.5 -2.4 -1.0 -1.3 1.9

Yearly % change
-23.2 -18.9 -25.2 -28.4 -11.3 -22.8 -14.1 -26.7 -25.1 -15.7 -12.5 -17.4 -23.0 -2.8 -14.9 -9.1 -20.5 -17.9 -19.6 -16.8 -18.2 -24.2 -12.6 -22.3 -14.4 -28.5 -25.5 -32.6 -25.8 -40.3 -38.5 -16.9 -30.1 -18.7 -29.6 -29.0 -28.5 -24.6 -29.8 -30.7 -32.6 -22.0 -21.4 -28.8 -33.7 -28.0 -23.8 -32.6 -26.3 -12.3 -27.8 -16.6 -30.5 -29.1 -14.5 -18.2 3.9 -28.0 -7.4 -20.6 -10.9 -13.4 -16.4 -12.9 -10.8 -12.7 -9.4 -10.4 -21.1 -5.2 -8.0 -13.8 -22.4 -33.8 -21.4 -17.6 -3.4 -30.9 -7.8 -33.2 -13.5

Number of vacancie s
168,327 20,655 46,590 20,870 12,934 29,187 16,514 8708 13,236 55,333 7754 15,826 5650 4332 10,365 5582 2062 3777 39,466 5059 10,812 4424 3166 7138 4125 1628 2936 33,100 3442 8276 4845 2620 5240 3320 2292 3158 7779 760 1763 1086 649 1240 825 547 887 22,941 2553 6891 3581 1174 3717 1802 1673 1625 1528 128 350 202 175 190 175 95 225 3221 325 727 489 338 509 260 255 318 4885 590 1735 530 462 753 408 98 312

Occupational IVI trend


Index (Jan '06 = 100) 78.2 122.3 58.6 88.1 76.6 70.3 62.7 73.8 60.2 86.0 61.4 64.4 53.6 102.0 85.4 86.5 97.9 133.4 145.0 121.8 71.8 71.6 79.5 64.6 74.7 74.9 62.4 63.5 60.2 89.1 112.8 127.1 61.4 48.5 92.1 55.7 47.9 74.0 67.3 58.4 54.6 58.6 63.4 57.1 48.7 64.4 79.3 81.7 53.8 44.2 56.5 53.8 52.7 32.9 Monthl y% chang e -0.5 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1 -3.1 -1.8 -1.8 -1.7 0.3 -1.2 -3.4 -1.8 2.0 0.4 1.0 -5.7 -10.6 -0.1 -0.3 -0.6 -2.7 -1.7 0.5 -1.4 -1.4 -0.3 0.2 -2.3 -0.4 -0.7 -0.5 -1.5 -1.3 0.4 -0.4 -0.3 -3.0 -1.0 0.1 0.1 -1.1 -1.0 -0.8 -2.2 -0.8 -0.5 -1.5 -0.9 -0.8 -1.0 -1.7 -0.8 -2.3 Yearly % change -18.9 -8.0 4.3 -12.3 -13.5 -32.7 -24.1 -25.2 -26.6 1.3 -25.9 -25.0 -17.4 -19.3 -10.4 -20.6 -45.7 -60.0 -9.3 -6.7 -28.4 -38.9 -33.5 -13.2 -22.4 -14.5 -21.4 -12.7 -23.9 -11.3 -16.4 -4.4 -20.0 -26.4 -1.8 -22.8 -16.7 -36.4 -21.1 -26.9 -23.8 -14.1 -10.6 -16.8 -11.4 -26.7 -27.2 -29.1 -26.2 -25.1 -19.1 -28.2 -21.3 -28.4 Number of vacancies 20,655 782 74 4581 9560 4396 1294 46,590 710 1406 9208 3666 10,569 1692 2907 2023 6263 1457 2478 3903 20,870 4819 5645 2031 2146 3723 709 1368 399 12,934 890 5952 3525 636 1955 29,187 6885 814 3970 5026 12,421 16,514 5588 9291 1598 8708 2096 2062 4520 13,236 2683 1033 2195 788

Occupational IVI - January 2013 Managers Chief Executives, Managing Directors & Legislators Farmers and Farm Managers Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers Corporate Managers Construction, Production and Distribution Managers Health, Education, ICT and Other Managers Professionals Arts and Media Professionals Education Professionals ICT Professionals Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals Business, Finance and Human Resource Professionals Information Professionals Sales, Marketing & Public Relations Professionals Transport and Design Professionals, and Architects Engineers Science Professionals and Veterinarians Health Diagnostic and Therapy Professionals Medical Practitioners and Nurses Technicians and Trades Workers Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians Automotive and Engineering Trades Construction Trades Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Food Trades Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers Hairdressers, Printing, Clothing and Wood Trades Jewellers, Arts and Other Trades Workers Community and Personal Service Workers Health and Welfare Support Workers Carers and Aides Hospitality Workers Protective Service Workers Sports, Travel and Personal Service Workers Clerical and Administrative Workers Numerical Clerks Clerical and Office Support Workers, Couriers Other Clerical and Administrative Workers Office Managers, Administrators and Secretaries General-Inquiry Clerks, Call Centre, Receptionists Sales Workers Sales Representatives and Agents Sales Assistants and Salespersons Sales Support Workers Machinery Operators and Drivers Machine and Stationary Plant Operators Mobile Plant Operators Drivers and Storepersons Labourers Cleaners and Laundry Workers Construction and Mining Labourers Factory Process Workers Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers

Food Preparation Assistants Other Labourers Australian Total

47.9 36.6 65.5

-2.2 -1.3 -0.7

-27.6 -28.3 -23.2

1279 5171 168,327

Explanatory Notes
The monthly Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) is based on a count of online job advertisements newly lodged on SEEK, MyCareer, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch during the month. Duplicate advertisements are removed before the IVI vacancies are coded by DEEWR to occupations based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The data are seasonally adjusted and trended, and then indexed (January 2006 = 100). The Skilled IVI is based on the aggregation of Professionals and Technicians and Trades Workers. The Regional IVI was first published in September 2010 and back cast to May 2010. The Regional IVI concords vacancies to 38 best fit regions across the States and Territories from the four job boards. Minor changes in the series may occur from month to month due to back casting. The series published each month is the most up to date at the time and overwrites previous data. On 10 June 2012, the Resources Sector Jobs Board was launched on the Australian JobSearch website. In keeping with the IVI methodology, these vacancies are included in the series. For more information, please contact Carmel ORegan (02 6240 2599) or email carmel.oregan@deewr.gov.au. Any media enquiries should be directed to the DEEWR media unit (media@deewr.gov.au).

Acknowledgements
DEEWR thanks the following job boards for their contribution to the Vacancy Report:

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