More jobs are available in the mining, resources and energy sector in Australia with engineering and technology also registering a high demand for skilled workers.

It is good news for professionals from overseas, although employers are now facing new regulations for visas that come into force in March 2018.

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The latest employment report from SEEK shows that overall 14.7% more new jobs were advertised in January 2018 compared to the same month in 2017.

The strongest sectors overall are mining, resources and energy with an increase of 54%, followed by trades and services up 31%, engineering up 25%, science and technology up 22% and Government and defence up 21%.

According to Kendra Banks, managing director pf SEEK Australia and New Zealand, the outlook is bright for jobseekers, with those in certain sectors seeing a growing range of opportunities.

'We're seeing a strong national demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills which reflects a global talent shortage. This talent shortage has been identified by Australian chief executive officers as one of their top business risk areas, but it also creates huge competitive job opportunities for Australians with engineering and IT skills,' Banks explained.

In terms of increased opportunity in science and technology roles, the state of Victoria leads the market with 30% jobs growth, followed by a 24% increase in Queensland and a 21% rise in New South Wales.

'Another significant area of growth is evident in Government and defence. This is driven by a strong increase in the large employing sub-sector of local government. Across Australia new job ads in local government are up 31% with more than 1,200 opportunities available,' Banks added.

Sport and recreation, banking and financial services and real estate and property all showed relatively weak growth, while nationwide, the only sector to show a decline was arts, advertising and media, which dropped 8% year on year.

New South Wales and Victoria saw steady month on month growth, up 0.2% and 0.5% respectively, following strong growth in December. The weakest performer was the ACT, recording an 8.2% drop in January, down from 7.3% growth in December.