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Department of Labour

The Department of Labour provides policy, analysis, and services relating to the labour market and maintains a number of datasets regarding work applications and immigration. Below are the details of four Department of Labour datasets that could help to inform disaster recovery in relation to patterns of immigration and employment at the regional level.

Work Applications Approved by Occupation (W3)

The Work Applications Approved by Occupation dataset provides a summary of the occupations and regions of employment for principal applicants on work visa applications. The dataset provides information on the number of foreign workers who have been approved for a work visa, and in which occupation and region of New Zealand.

Description of key content

The dataset contains information on

  • demographics (nationality and gender)
  • occupation
  • New Zealand region
  • month and financial year of decision
  • immigration criteria and status.

Start date of data collection

1 January 2003

Frequency and scope of collection

Ongoing since 2003 to present. Data is collected on foreigners who have applied for a New Zealand work visa. Currently the dataset contains almost 1.2 million principal applicants.

Methods of data collection

Data is collected from work visa applications.

Potential weaknesses

Applicants could be double-counted.

Access and links

Immigration New Zealand statistics

Temporary Work Visa Applications by Occupation and Region

The Temporary Work Visa Applications by Occupation and Region dataset provides a summary of the occupations and regions of employment for applicants on temporary work visa applications. This data is used for monitoring purposes, and to help inform policy and research. This dataset can provide an indication of the number of applicants on temporary work visas in Canterbury over time.

Description of key content

The dataset contains information on

  • work visas category
  • demographics (nationality and gender)
  • occupation of job offer
  • region of job offer.

Start date of data collection

1 July 2003

Frequency and scope of collection

Ongoing. Geographic coverage is regional.

Methods of data collection

The data is captured through the immigration application process (administrative data).

Potential weaknesses

Data is only collected for a subset of temporary work applications. Some data, for occupation and region, is not coded.

Access and links

Data is uploaded monthly on the Immigration New Zealand's statistics web page.

Skilled Resident Visa Applications by Occupation (R4)

The Skilled Resident Visa Applications by Occupation data summarises the occupations of principal applicants who were approved residence under the Skilled Migrant Category. This dataset is used for monitoring purposes. It can provide insight into the skilled resident immigrant population of Canterbury.

Description of key content

The dataset contains information on

  • resident visas category
  • demographics (nationality and gender)
  • occupation of job offer
  • region of job offer.

Start date of data collection

1 February 2004

Frequency and scope of collection

Ongoing. Geographic coverage is regional.

Methods of data collection

The data is captured through the immigration application process (administrative data).

Potential weaknesses

Data is only collected for a subset of skilled migrant category resident applications. Data is only available for the principal applicant in the skilled migrant application who has a job offer in New Zealand. Some data, for occupation and region, is not coded.

Access and links

Data is uploaded monthly on the Immigration New Zealand's statistics web page.

Jobs Online

Jobs Online measures changes in the number of job vacancies advertised online. This provides a timely indicator of labour market demand, which can tell us about employment prospects in the short term. Jobs Online can help to inform the earthquake recovery work by providing insight into the changes to the labour market in Canterbury.

Description of key content

Jobs Online contains information on the number of job advertisements by region, industry, and occupation.

Start date of data collection

May 2007

Frequency and scope of collection

Ongoing, with reports produced monthly. Geographic coverage is national and regional (Auckland, Wellington, North Island- Other, Christchurch and South Island-Other).

Methods of data collection

Data is collected from the two main internet job boards, SEEK and Trade Me Jobs.

Potential weaknesses

Occupations are classified using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The classification level used is the unit group or 4-digit level. At this classification level similar jobs with different skill levels are classified together. Caution should therefore be taken when reporting data at this level.

Access and links

More information is available on the Department of Labour's Jobs Online web page.

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