Jobs in Australia

Better jobs outlook in Australia now than a year ago, latest jobs ad data suggests

by Ray Clancy on February 16, 2017

in Jobs in Australia

People looking to find a job and move to Australia are facing better prospects than they did a year ago with more positions being advertised than at the start of 2016.

The latest figures from jobs firm SEEK show that there were 7% more jobs advertised in January than 12 months ago, with improved results across all states and territories.

Job prospects are particularly solid in South Australia, Queensland and Victoria and in Western Australia, which has lagged behind the rest of the country, there has been an upturn in advertising.

South Australia continued to see the largest year on year advertising growth of all the states and territories in January, up 25.4% with the trades and services sector seeing the biggest growth with jobs up 48% year on year. In particular there were more jobs for car mechanics and technicians, hairdressers, beauty therapists and electricians.

In Queensland job adverts were up 8% year on year, led by trades and services with growth of 21%, healthcare and medical up 10% and hospitality and tourism up 7%. In Western Australia there was much smaller growth of 0.8%, however, there was a 45% increase in jobs in mining, resources and energy. New South Wales saw an increase of 4.9%, Victoria a rise of 8.6%, Tasmania up 8.9%, the Australian Capital Territory up 7.7% and the Northern Territory up 0.8%.

At a national level, the industries with the largest job advert volume was information and communication technology with a rise of 1% year on year, trades and services up 14% and healthcare and medical up 13%.

According to Michael Ilczynski, managing director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, conditions for job seekers is currently more favourable as there are fewer applicants per position, but this does vary from state to state.

For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates in New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territories and ACT but in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia there were fewer candidates.

One area which is seeing growth is marketing and communications with a 2% year on year rise in adverts. South Australia, for example, saw a 29% rise in this sector and the Act a rise of 26%.

Marketing assistants, coordinators and communication specialists were most in demand. ‘It’s encouraging to see advertising increase across several states and territories in the marketing and communications industry. It shows opportunities are not just isolated to New South Wales, Australia’s largest labour market, which is widely regarded as the hub for this industry,’ Ilczynski said.

‘Even though there is more job growth across the country for marketing and communications professionals, New South Wales still offers the most opportunities for this sector, despite job adverts dipping 2% year on year,’ he pointed out.

He revealed that there is strong ongoing demand for digital and search marketing specialists, as well as more hybrid marketing communications specialist’s roles. ‘This could indicate that hirers are looking for multi-skilled practitioners, for example those that have traditional communications skills of storytelling and creating engaging content that can be applied to support broader marketing and business objectives,’ he explained.

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