Online job vacancies fell in September following growth earlier in the year.
Data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment shows skilled job vacancies were a seasonally adjusted 5.4% lower in September than in August, while total online vacancies fell by 4.5%.
Skilled vacancies fell across all regions, occupation groups, and in most industries.
Although there has been variation month to month, the trend has been that skilled job vacancies increased since late last year, reached a peak in June and have flattened out.
The ministry forecasts employment to grow by 1.8% in the year to March 2013, and 2.1% the following year.