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14.12.16 Top jobs on SEEK for 2016
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19.10.16 SEEK job ads up 2.7 per cent year on year
22.09.16 SEEK job ads up 4.7 per cent
10.08.16 WA jobs market may be stablising
12.07.16 July SEEK Marketplace Report
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14.04.16 April SEEK Marketplace Report
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18.02.16 Opportunity lies in the east
15.01.16 January SEEK Marketplace Report

Media Release

14th December 2016

Top jobs on SEEK for 2016

Australia’s highest advertising industry on SEEK for 2016 was Information & Communications Technology [ICT].  

However, despite Australia’s need to stay digitally connected and develop new technology, SEEK Spokesperson Kendra Banks said there is still strong demand for carers in our labour market.

“When we analysed our SEEK data to identify Australia’s top jobs outside of the ICT industry, based on the largest job ad volumes and growth over the past 12 months, professionals in carer roles, such as nurses and emergency services, topped the list along with engineers,” Banks revealed.

Beyond ICT, top jobs on SEEK for 2016 were:

  • Project Engineers and Drafting Engineers
  • Emergency Service Specialists and Ambulance Paramedics
  • Clinical / Medical Researchers and Nurses – Midwifery/Neo-natal

Banks said Australia’s growing population and increasing life expectancy can be credited for helping fuel growth across engineering, emergency services, medical and nursing roles.

“We don’t expect demand on SEEK to slow any time soon across these top jobs of 2016, as Australians will always need new and/or improved infrastructure and people to care for us at all stages of life,” Banks said.

Project Engineers and Drafting Engineers

Across the country, demand for Project Engineers and Drafting Engineers have increased 55.43 per cent and 39.81 per cent year on year [2016 v 2015] respectively.

The 2016 average advertised salary on SEEK for these engineering jobs were:

  • Project Engineers - $99,541
  • Drafting Engineers - $69,740

“Engineering directly supports Australia’s future infrastructure growth, so it’s not surprising our SEEK data revealed engineering roles as top jobs. These professionals are fundamental to help build residential and commercial projects to cater for our increasing population,” said Banks.

Emergency Service Specialists and Ambulance Paramedics

Nationally, Emergency Service jobs on SEEK increased 47.59 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015], while Ambulance Paramedics jobs rose 42.24 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015].

The 2016 average advertised salary on SEEK for these jobs were:

  • Emergency Services - $79,897
  • Ambulance Paramedics - $72,565

“Emergency Service Specialists and Ambulance Paramedics are vital services that have been and we predict will remain top jobs on SEEK as Australian’s live longer and our population continues to increase,” Banks said.

Clinical / Medical Researchers and Nursing [Midwifery/Neo-natal]

Job ads on SEEK for Clinical/Medical Researchers have nationally increased 41.02 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015], while nationally job ads for Nursing [Midwifery/Neo-natal] are up 50.33 per cent y/y [2016 v 2015].

The 2016 average advertised salary on SEEK for these job titles were:

  • Clinical/Medical Researchers - $80,470
  • Nursing [Midwifery/Neo-natal] - $ 71,152

“As birth rates increase across Australia, we predict specialised neo-natal nursing jobs will show continued ad growth on SEEK. We also expect Clinical/Medical Researchers will remain strong advertisers as their services are essential for enhancing the wellbeing of Australian lives through medical advancements,” Banks said.

AUSTRALIAN JOB MARKET

There were 6 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK this November than 12 months ago, with improved results across the states and territories. 

“Job ads on SEEK for Victoria [VIC] rose strongly this November, up 12.7 per cent y/y [November 2016 v November 2015].

“Driving this ad uplift are Victoria’s top advertising industries, which are Information & Communications Technology [up 14 per cent y/y], Healthcare & Medical [up 24 per cent y/y] and Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics [up 21 per cent y/y],” Banks said.

“In New South Wales [NSW], Australia’s largest labour market, advertising on SEEK was up 6.9 per cent this November, when compared to the same period last year. ICT remained NSW’s top advertising industry on SEEK this November,” she added.

In Western Australia [WA] and Queensland [QLD] it appears the declines in job advertising associated with the mining downturn have finally stabilised and are now showing tentative signs of improvement.

WA job ads are now trending slightly higher, up 0.5 per cent month on month [m/m] but still remains down 11.2 per cent y/y. Job advertising in QLD has also continued its recent improvement, with increases in the past six months. Job ads are now trending higher by 1.1 per cent m/m and up 4 per cent y/y.

“South Australia [SA] continued to have the largest y/y advertising growth of all the states and territories this November, with job ads on SEEK up 16 per cent y/y,” Banks continued.

Job ads on SEEK in other states and territories this November:

  • ACT, up 10.6 per cent y/y
  • Tasmania [TAS], up 8.3 per cent y/y
  • Northern Territory [NT], up 8.2 per cent y/y

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level, there has been a y/y increase of 4.5 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this November, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a state and territory level.

It was a hirer’s market in WA, TAS, and the NT this November when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“In NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and the ACT this November, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Banks said.


Media Release

15th November 2016

Construction helps build growth, SEEK job ads up 3.9 per cent

Job advertisements on SEEK rose 3.9 per cent this October when compared to the same period last year.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said the momentum of the construction industry across Australia is helping boost job ads on SEEK this October.

“Construction advertising on SEEK is 13 per cent higher than this time last year,” Ilczynski said.

“Across the Construction sub-classifications on SEEK, all sectors are experiencing growth apart from the smallest sector of Quality Assurance & Control, though this makes up less than 1 per cent of construction jobs,” he added.

Graph one: SEEK New Job Ads Growth, Construction, October 2016 vs October 2015
SEEK New Jobs Ads Australia Construction Industry

The roles within Construction that had the greatest number of new job ads on SEEK this October and their average advertised salaries were:

  1. Contracts Management ($104,349)
  2. Estimating ($96,459)
  3. Foreperson/Supervisor ($113,950 )
  4. Health, Safety & Environment ($105,432)

“The states with the highest number of Construction job opportunities on SEEK this October were New South Wales [NSW] and Victoria [VIC], with job ads up 16 per cent year on year [y/y] and 25 per cent y/y respectively.

“Helping drive this advertising uplift in both states are high levels of residential apartment construction,” Ilczynski said.

“Behind NSW and VIC, the next top state for Construction opportunities on SEEK is Queensland [QLD], with job ads rising 19 per cent y/y,” he continued.

Construction advertising has also grown strongly in South Australia [SA] and the Australian Capital Territory [ACT], up 37 per cent and 8 per cent y/y respectively. However, Construction is a smaller advertising industry in SA and ACT, so there are less job opportunities on offer than in NSW, VIC and QLD.

In Western Australia [WA] construction continues to decline, down 27 per cent y/y, a trend which is likely related to the decline in mining investment.

“The strong growth in construction roles we’re seeing on SEEK is also reflected through the Rider Levett Bucknall Crane Index,®” Ilczynski said.

“The latest index has reported a record of 663 tower cranes across Australia for Q3 2016, with 90 per cent of cranes on eastern seaboard projects and 81 per cent of all cranes on new residential developments.

“These Index statistics help support the growth trend we’ve seen in Construction job ads on SEEK this October,” Ilczynski continued.

Australian Job Market

Australia’s labour markets have had mixed results this October.

“South Australia had the largest y/y advertising growth of all the states and territories, with job ads on SEEK up 12.8 per cent y/y this October.

“SA’s advertising uplift on SEEK is being driven by growth across the state’s top advertising industries, which are Trades & Services [up 22 per cent y/y], Healthcare & Medical [up 16 per cent y/y] and Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics [up 13 per cent y/y].

“In NSW, Australia’s largest labour market, advertising on SEEK rose 4.9 per cent y/y this October, while in VIC job ads were up 7.9 per cent y/y when compared to the same period last year. In both states, Information & Communication Technology [ICT] remains the top advertising industry on SEEK,” Ilczynski said.

“Job ads on SEEK for QLD have also continued to improve, with increases in the past five months and advertising now trending up by 0.9 per cent m/m and up 2.1 per cent y/y this October.

“WA remains the country’s weakest labour market, with job ads down 16.1 per cent y/y,” Ilczynski added.

Job ads on SEEK in other states and territories this October:

  • ACT, up 7 per cent y/y
  • Northern Territory [NT], up 5.3 per cent y/y
  • Tasmania [TAS], up 4.6 per cent y/y

Candidate Availability

At a national level, there has been a y/y increase of 2.9 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this October, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a state and territory level.

It was a hirer’s market in WA, TAS, and the NT this October when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“In NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and the ACT this October, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Ilczynski said.

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Media Release

19th October 2016

SEEK job ads up 2.7 per cent year on year, boosted by Hospitality, Tourism and Retail

Job advertisements on SEEK rose 2.7 per cent this September when compared to the same period last year.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said seasonal hiring across the Hospitality & Tourism and Retail Industries helped boost advertising on SEEK this September.

“Our SEEK data has shown that September is the strongest hiring month of the year for the Hospitality & Tourism and Retail industries across Australia.

“When we analysed our SEEK job ad data for the Hospitality & Tourism and Retail industries, over a three year period, on average 10 per cent of the total job ads over that time for both industries fell in September.

“We know job advertising for the Hospitality & Tourism and Retail sectors increases each September because hirers aim to have their seasonal teams in-place by late September and early October, ahead of the busy festive and Summer season. This means it’s a great time for jobseekers to be onsite looking and applying for opportunities,” Ilczynski said.

Graph one: Australia Hospitality & Tourism, Average Ad Volumes (Oct 2013-Sep 2016)

Australia Hospitality and Tourism. Average Ad volumes OCT 2013 - Sep 2016

Graph two: Australia Retail & Consumer Products Average Ad Volumes (Oct 2013-Sep 2016)

Australia Retail and Consumer Products. Average Ad volumes OCT 2013 - Sep 2016

The roles within Hospitality & Tourism that had the greatest number of new job ads on SEEK this September and their average advertised salaries were:

  1. Chefs/Cooks ($59,716)
  2. Management ($67,098)
  3. Waiting Staff ($48,291)

The roles within Retail and Consumer Products that had the greatest number of new job ads on SEEK this September and their average advertised salaries were:

  1. Retail Assistants ($48,214)
  2. Management – Store ($55,211)
  3. Management – Department/Assistant ($53,349)

Stephanie Chara, Recruitment Officer for Jeanswest, said September is their brand’s peak hiring month before the busy December and January period. 

“Hiring in September is critical for Jeanswest as this is the time to attract the right talent and to build strong retail teams, so they have a solid understanding of our business prior to the busy festive season commencing.

“In September we most commonly recruit for part-time and casual roles, and the hardest positions to fill are for Store Managers due to the extra layer of responsibility involved,” Chara continued.

Top states and/or territories for Hospitality & Tourism job opportunities on SEEK this September were:

  1. NSW, up 15 per cent y/y
  2. VIC, up 3 per cent y/y
  3. QLD, no change

Top states and/or territories for Retail & Consumer Products jobs opportunities on SEEK this September were:

  1. NSW, up 7 per cent y/y
  2. VIC, down 7 per cent y/y
  3. QLD, up 2 per cent y/y

 

AUSTRALIAN JOB MARKET

Job ads on SEEK had mixed results across the states and territories in September 2016, which is reflective of their unique labour and economic conditions.

“South Australia [SA] and the Australian Capital Territory [ACT] enjoyed the largest year on year [y/y] growth this September, with job ads up 13.2 per cent and 13.1 per cent respectively,” said Ilczynski.

“Western Australia [WA] remains the county’s weakest labour market. After a notable month on month [m/m] job ad increase of 3.7 per cent in August on SEEK, this positive result didn’t continue for WA in September with advertising falling 3.7 per cent m/m and 19.1 per cent y/y.

“However, across the East Coast in Australia’s largest employment markets the results were more encouraging, with job advertising on SEEK up 6.8 per cent y/y in New South Wales [NSW] and 5.3 per cent y/y in Victoria [VIC] this September,” Ilczynski continued.

In other states and territories:

  • Northern Territory [NT], up 10.1 per cent y/y
  • Tasmania [TAS] and Queensland [QLD], remained flat

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level, there has been a slight y/y increase of 0.8 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this September, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a state and territory level.

It was a hirer’s market in Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory this September when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“In NSW, Victoria, SA and the ACT this August, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Ilczynski said.

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Media Release

22nd September 2016

SEEK job ads up 4.7 per cent year on year

Job advertisements on SEEK rose 4.7 per cent this August when compared to the same period last year.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said job ads on SEEK increased across all states and territories in August 2016.

“The largest year on year [y/y] growth was seen in the Australian Capital Territory [ACT] up 15.5 per cent and South Australia [SA] up 14.6 per cent y/y this August,” Ilczynski said.

“A notable month on month [m/m] increase was for Western Australia [WA], which saw job ads increase 2.1 per cent m/m, which was the state’s largest increase in job ads in more than a year,” he added.

Other states and territories that experienced y/y growth this August were:

  • New South Wales [NSW], up 9.4 per cent
  • Victoria [VIC], up 6.5 per cent
  • Northern Territory [NT], up 4.7 per cent
  • Tasmania [TAS], up 1.4 per cent
  • Queensland [QLD], up 0.6 per cent

Helping drive this year on year [y/y] job ad growth are Australia’s top four advertising industries on SEEK:

  • Information & Communication Technology [ICT]
  • Trades & Services
  • Healthcare & Medical
  • Administration & Office Support

Information & Communication Technology

ICT remains Australia’s top advertising industry on SEEK this August, with 10 per cent more jobs advertised than 12 months ago.

Across NSW and Victoria, Australia’s largest labour markets, ICT also remained the top advertiser, with job ads up 15 per cent y/y and 8 per cent y/y respectively.

Nationally, the most in-demand ICT jobs on SEEK and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Developers/Programmers ($102,353 )
  • Business/Systems Analysts ($104,237)
  • Programme & Project Management ($120,100)
  • Help Desk & IT Support ($64,588)

While the highest paying ICT jobs on SEEK this August and their average advertised salaries were:

  • Architects ($138,462)
  • Management roles ($128,709)
  • Programme & Project Management ($120,100)

“With our nation’s thirst for digital connectivity and new technology we expect ICT will continue to be a top advertiser on SEEK,” Ilczynski said.

Trades & Services

Job ads on SEEK for the Trades & Services Industry were up 14 per cent y/y nationally this August.

In the states and territories this August, Trades & Services had positive y/y job ad uptick across:

  • ACT (up 56 per cent)
  • SA (up 34 per cent)
  • NT (up 28 per cent)
  • VIC (up 26 per cent)
  • NSW (up 22 per cent)
  • QLD (up 9 per cent)
  • TAS (up 9per cent)

Trades & Services was the top advertising industry in WA this August, job ads remained down 21 per cent y/y.

The top advertised jobs on SEEK nationally for Trades & Services and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Automotive Trades ($60,640)
  • Labourers ($51,446 )
  • Carpentry & Cabinet Making ($67,598 )
  • Hair & Beauty Services ($49,835)

While the highest paying Trades & Services roles across Australia on SEEK and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration ($78,571)
  • Electricians ($78,117)
  • Fitters, Turners & Machinists ($75,200)

“A likely driver of Trades & Services job ad growth across Australia is residential construction and our rising population’s need for service labour like mechanics, hairdressers, beauticians and nannies,” explained Ilczynski.

Healthcare & Medical

Nationally, job ads on SEEK for the Healthcare & Medical industry were up 18 per cent y/y this August.

Healthcare & Medical had positive y/y job ad uptick across:

  • NSW (up 23 per cent)
  • VIC (up 22 per cent)
  • SA (up 22 per cent)
  • ACT (up 19 per cent)
  • QLD (up 16 per cent)
  • NT (up 12 per cent)
  • TAS (up 11 per cent)

In WA, Healthcare & Medical was the state’s third largest advertiser this August. Job ads for this sector were down 4 per cent y/y.

Across Australia, the highest advertised job titles on SEEK for this sector and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Nursing – Aged Care ($91,371)
  • Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation ($78,929)
  • Nursing – General Medical & Surgical ($76,917)
  • Psychology, Counselling & Social Work ($79,814)

The jobs with the highest average advertised salary on SEEK for Healthcare & Medical this August were:

  • General Practitioners ($128,741)
  • Medical Specialists ($128,367)
  • Residents & Registrars ($118,023)

“With life expectancy growing to its highest level in Australia, we’ve seen continued demand on SEEK for Aged Care Nursing roles and we expect this growth to continue as Australia’s population grows and lives longer,” Ilczynski said.

Administration & Office Support

Job ads on SEEK for the Administration & Office Support industry were up 13 per cent y/y nationally this August.

Positive y/y job ad growth for the Administration & Office Support industry was recorded in the following states and territories this August:

  • TAS (up 28 per cent)
  • SA (up 19 per cent)
  • NSW (up 21 per cent)
  • VIC (up 21 per cent)
  • ACT (up 14 per cent)
  • QLD (up 1 per cent)

While in WA, job ads for Administration & Office Support were down 21 per cent y/y.

Across Australia, the most in demand job titles on SEEK for Administration & Office Support and their average advertised salaries this August were:

  • Administration Assistants ($51,122)
  • Receptionists ($46,568)
  • PA, EA & Secretarial ($71,356)
  • Client & Sales Administration ($53,441)

Job titles with the highest average advertised salary on SEEK for Administration & Office Support this August were:

  • PA, EA & Secretarial ($71,356)
  • Office Management ($65,826)
  • Record Management & Document Control ($63,987)

“It’s interesting that the Administration & Office Support industry remains one of our nation’s top performers when our recent SEEK market research[1] uncovered that people believe admin/support-based roles will not exist in Australia in 10 years’ time due to automation and outsourcing overseas,” revealed Ilczynski. “However, at present SEEK’s latest job ad results indicate that Aussie’s still require local human admin support.”

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level, there has been a slight y/y increase in the SEEK Employment Index this August, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, competition, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a state and territory level.

It was a hirer’s market in Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory this August when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“In NSW, Victoria, SA and the ACT this August, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” Ilczynski said.

[1] Source: Independent research conducted by Survey Sampling International (SSI) on behalf of SEEK (April 2016). Interviewing 4800 Australians annually with data being weighted to be nationally representative of age, gender, location, employment status and income (based on ABS).

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Media Release

10th August 2016

SEEK data suggests WA jobs market may be stabilising

Data released today by SEEK shows that there were 2.5 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK in July 2016 than 12 months ago.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Employment, said that Western Australia [WA] jobs market revealed an improving trend this July.

“Our SEEK trend data suggests that labour demand in WA may be stabilising, which would be good news for the overall Australian economy and jobs market, however we’ve seen small falls this July in New South Wales [NSW] and Victoria [Vic],” Ilczynski said.

“June job advertising on SEEK appeared to be impacted late in the month by the Brexit vote. It is possible that the uncertain Australian election outcome may have impacted advertising in July.

"August data, which will be free from these impacts and the market volatility associated with the Brexit vote, should provide a clearer picture as to whether overall job advertising is slowing or not.” Ilczynski added.

Job ads in NSW were up 7.5 per cent year on year [y/y] this July compared to 8.2 per cent y/y in June, while in Victoria job ads increased 5 per cent y/y this July compared to 5.2 per cent y/y in June.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA JOB AD GROWTH

In WA, job ads on SEEK were still falling this July, down 19.9 per cent y/y, however the trend decline has slowed to -0.3% month on month [m/m]. Earlier this year the rate of job ad trend decline for WA was higher:

  • June, -0.7 per cent m/m
  • May, -0.9 per cent m/m
  • April, -1.5 per cent m/m
  • March, -2.3 per cent m/m
  • February, -3.2 per cent m/m
  • January, -3.7 per cent m/m

“Another encouraging sign for WA is that we’re seeing uptick in the Mining, Resources and Energy Sector. From May to July 2016 job ads on SEEK rose 4 per cent when compared to the same period last year,” expressed Ilczynski.

STATE & TERRITORIES JOB AD GROWTH

State and territories that experienced y/y growth this July were:

  • Australian Capital Territory [ACT], up 12.6 per cent
  • South Australia [SA], up 11.9 per cent
  • NSW, up 7.5 per cent
  • Victoria, up 5 per cent

“It’s great to see the continued improvement of the South Australian job market after a long period of weakness. Across the state, the Healthcare & Medical industry is the top advertiser on SEEK followed by Trades & Services and Information & Communication Technology.

“The on-going transformation of the SA healthcare system, which has seen upgrades to every major hospital across the state, plus investment into new technology, advances in medical equipment and infrastructure over the past decade, is a likely driver of continued job ad growth for the SA Healthcare & Medical sector,” Ilczynski explained.

In Queensland [QLD], advertising is still slightly lower year on year, down 3.7 per cent, and the Northern Territory and Tasmania followed suit with job ads down 1.8 per cent and 1 per cent y/y respectively.

NATIONAL TOP ADVERTISERS

Across Australia this July, Information & Communication Technology was the top advertising industry on SEEK, followed by Trades & Services and Healthcare & Medical.

“The most in-demand skills on SEEK for the ITC industry at present are Security, Telecommunications and Software Engineering. However, we’ve seen demand cool off for Consultants, Web Development & Production, Database Development & Administration, IT Sales and Testing & Quality Assurance positions,” Ilczynski added.

“Job ads for ITC on SEEK have eased a little in recent months, with the mining states WA, QLD and the NT experiencing a combined 16 per cent drop in advertising in the three months to July compared to the same time last year. However, the good news is that ICT advertising in the much larger non-mining states has risen 2 per cent from May to July 2016 when compared to the same period in 2015,” Ilczynski said.

Figure one: SEEK New Job Ads in Information & Communication Technology: May-July 16 v May-July 15
SEEK New Job Ads in Information & Communication Technology: May-July 16 v May-July 15

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level the data shows that there has been a slight y/y increase in the SEEK Employment Index this July, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications, competition, for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a state and territory level.

It’s a hirer’s market in Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia this July when compared to the same period last year. For each job advertised there is a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“For jobseekers in NSW, Victoria and the ACT, year on year there is a reasonable balance between jobs advertised and candidates applying” Ilczynski said.

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Media Release

12th July 2016

Aussie job market impacted by Brexit

Data released today by SEEK shows that there were 3.2 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK in June 2016 than 12 months ago.

The annual rate of year on year [y/y] growth would have been close to 5 per cent, however in the last four business days of June, which coincided with the Brexit announcement, job ad numbers on SEEK temporarily dipped.

“Market volatility and uncertainty in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, appears to be the likely reason for this unforeseen drop in job ads on SEEK in late June,” said Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Employment.

“During the first week of July we saw job ads on SEEK mostly bounce back to be consistent with the stronger pace of growth evident through most of June, running nearly 5 per cent above the same period in 2015 and some 15 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 2014,” Ilczynski continued.

“Unlike the Brexit result, the uncertain outcome of the Australian election in the early days of July appeared to have no significant impact to job ads on SEEK,” Ilczynski added.

The Australian jobs market has ended the FY16 financial year with uptick.

“The national rate of job ad growth of 3.2 per cent for FY16 was a positive result. When compared to FY15 [11.1 per cent] this results is lower and mainly due to Western Australia, the nation’s weakest labour market, and Queensland having a drop in job ads on SEEK throughout the year, as well as Brexit affecting the results in the last week of June,” Ilczynski explained.

For jobseekers it’s an encouraging time to be looking for a new role, with the top five largest advertising industries on SEEK all having year on year growth, with Information & Communication Technology being the exception.

  • Information & Communication Technology - down 2 per cent y/y
  • Healthcare & Medical - up 6 per cent y/y
  • Trades & Services - up 7 per cent y/y
  • Administration & Office Support - up 13 per cent y/y
  • Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics - up 11 per cent y/y

“With the growing and aging population, the Federal and State Governments have made investments into Health and Infrastructure Projects to accommodate our nation’s long-term needs. For example, spending has been made on hospital facilities and equipment, skilled specialist staff, roads and transport infrastructure upgrades, which is having an impact on job creation,” he added.

When we look at the states, the most interesting trend remains the strengthening of the South Australian job market. Compared to 12 months ago, job ads on SEEK for South Australia, increased 12 per cent year on year.

“This growth comes after a long period of weakness in South Australian job advertising and suggests the South Australian labour market and economy has turned the corner and was probably improving even before the recent positive announcements on defence spending,” Ilczynski explained.

Last week, July 7, the South Australian State Government unveiled a $109 million jobs incentives program as the centre piece of their budget to help stimulate the local economy and encourage business to hire more staff. The government hopes the scheme will create up to 14,000 more jobs.

New South Wales [NSW], Australia’s largest employment market, remains strong with SEEK new job ads up 8.2 per cent year on year this June. This increase is more moderate in comparison to the end of FY15, which saw ads lift by 20.9 per cent year on year.

Over FY16 the NSW labour market was buoyed by demand in the following industries; alike the national trend:

  • Information & Communication Technology (up 2 per cent)
  • Administration & Office Support (up 21 per cent)
  • Trades & Services (up 13 per cent)
  • Accounting (down 1 per cent)
  • Healthcare & Medical (up 9 per cent)

Victoria and Tasmania also displayed strong job ad growth compared to 12 months ago, with an uplift of 6 per cent and 8.9 per cent respectively.

“It’s good to see Victoria and Tasmania round out FY16 with continued job ad growth. Even though the rate of growth is more gradual than FY15 year on year results, which saw Victorian job ads up 12.6 per cent and Tasmania job ads lift by 28.9 percent, it’s still a solid result that contributes to the overall national uptick,” Ilczynski said.

Western Australia (WA) remains the weakest labour market in Australia with job ads falling 19.4 per cent year on year, with all industries across the state, but three, having negative year on year growth this June.

WA’s industries that experienced year on year growth were:

  • Government & Defence (up 22 per cent)
  • Science & Technology (up 17 per cent)
  • Mining, Resources & Energy (up 5 per cent)

“With the downturn of job ads for the Mining, Resources & Energy industry for most of FY16, this has affected WA’s economy and job market. There are many supporting industries in the state that rely on the health of Mining, Resources & Energy for their growth, and as a result they’ve also been affected. The good news is that job ads for Mining, Resources & Energy were up on SEEK this June compared to 12 months ago, which we hope will continue throughout FY17,” Ilczynski said

Queensland labour market has also experienced relative weakness, with falls in jobs advertising in four of the past seven months.

“This weak trend in the Sunshine State has been somewhat surprising as other indicators of the Queensland economy, such as the NAB Business Survey, have been suggesting a strengthening in business conditions.

“Queensland job ads declined 1.7 per cent year on year in June, and may have been stronger without the Brexit impacts,” Ilczynski said.

The industries with the most job ads/demand for labour across Queensland in June were;

  • Healthcare & Medical (up 4 per cent y/y)
  • Trades & Services (up 4 per cent y/y)
  • Information & Communication Technology (down 12 per cent y/y)
  • Hospitality & Tourism (down 6 per cent y/y)
  • Administration & Office Support (up 3 per cent y/y)

The Territories are also in good shape. The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) job ads are up 20.1 per cent compared to this time last year, while the Northern Territory has experienced six consecutive months of job ad growth, increasing 1.5 per cent year on year in June.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level the data shows that there has been a 6.2 per cent increase year on year in the SEEK Employment Index, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications (competition) for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a state and territory level.

Year on year in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory it’s a hirers market. For each job advertised there is a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

“In NSW, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT, job hunting conditions for candidates are more aligned, with a reasonable balance between jobs advertised and candidates applying,” Ilczynski said.

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Media Release

16th June 2016

Aussie job ads continue to increase

Data released today by SEEK shows that there were 7.8 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK in May 2016 than 12 months ago.

The strength of the Australian labour market continues to be fuelled by job ad growth in the largest employing states - New South Wales [NSW] and Victoria, commented SEEK Spokesperson Kendra Banks.

"Our SEEK data shows that the number of jobs advertised has continued to increase, mainly due to positive uplift in NSW and Victoria, although the rate of job ad growth has slowed over the past nine to 12 months."

In NSW, year on year job ad growth increased by 13.4 per cent, while in Victoria SEEK new job ads were up 10.6 per cent from 12 months ago.

"There remains a number of divergent trends in job advertising across Australia's states and territories at the present time," Banks said.

"Looking at the trend data there has been some relatively strong growth in job advertising on SEEK for South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory, with strength in South Australia being a relatively new and welcome trend driven by growth in Construction, Trades & Services and Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics," she added.

Compared to 12 months ago, the latest SEEK data indicates that job ad growth for South Australia has increased by 13.1 per cent, while in Tasmania there has been a lift of 9.1 per cent, and in the Australian Capital Territory job ads have risen by 21.9 per cent.

"Western Australia remains the weakest employment market, with job ads for this state declining by 14.6 per cent when compared to the same time last year," Banks commented.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

At a national level the data shows that there has been an increase in the SEEK Employment Index, which points to favourable conditions for job seekers as there is slightly less applications (competition) for each role. However, underneath this national figure there is a clear difference in candidate availability at a state and territory level.

In Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory it's a hirers market. For each job advertised there is a higher than average number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from.

"In NSW and Victoria the job hunting conditions for candidates are more aligned, with a reasonable balance between jobs advertised and candidates applying, but this has been tightening over the past five months," Banks said.

INDUSTRY INSIGHT

Healthcare and Medical continues to be a high employing industry in Australia.

Across the country, year on year new job ads for Healthcare and Medical has increased by 13 per cent.

  • NSW (up 22 per cent),
  • Victoria (up 15 per cent)
  • Queensland (up 9 per cent)

"The Healthcare and Medical industry has again experienced positive year on year job ad growth across every state and territory, except Western Australia that has lower job ad volumes than seen a year ago," Banks continued.

Industry breakdown shows that demand for labour has increased most noticeably in Ambulance and Paramedics, Speech Therapy, Natural Therapies & Alternative Medicine, Nursing - High Acuity, Chiropractic & Osteopathic, Dental and Pathology.

Figure one: SEEK New Job Ads in Healthcare and Medical, year on year comparison
 SEEK New Job Ads in Healthcare and Medical, year on year comparison

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

Other industries that have shown strong year on year job ad growth across Australia are;

  • Government and Defence up 52 per cent
  • Farming Animals and Conservation, which has small job ad volumes compared to other industries, but is showing strong year on year growth of 32 per cent
  • Trades and Services has been strong for many months and is up 17 per cent

The weakest sectors for job advertising in May were Banking & Financial Services, Sales, and Insurance & Superannuation.

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Media Release

19th May 2016

May SEEK Marketplace Report
MORE JOBS FOR AUSSIES THAN 12 MONTHS AGO

The latest data released today by SEEK shows that new jobs ads are increasing, which means more job opportunities for Aussies.

There were 2.7 per cent more new roles advertised on SEEK in April than 12 months ago and while the rate of growth has slowed, the SEEK trend data shows there is no sign of an overall decline in job advertising.

New South Wales and Victoria, the largest employing states remain the driving force behind the strength of the overall labour market comments Mr Ilczynski.

“New South Wales job opportunities are up 8.4 per cent from 12 months ago and Victoria is up 4.4 per cent. These are very solid growth figures and we consider these two states to be in a healthy position particularly as the job opportunities are coming from a broad range of industries.”

South Australia represents the most exciting development in the performance of job advertising recording its third consecutive increase in job advertising; a positive signal given the state has struggled economically for some time in delivering a noticeable increase in labour demand.

There are 4.8 per cent more job ads in South Australia than 12 months ago.

Queensland new job ads have notched down from where they were a year ago. Over half the industries in the state are showing positive growth in new job ad volume however this is weighed down by the declines in other industries such as Insurance and Superannuation and Mining.

Western Australia remains the weakest market with new job ads still well below levels seen a year ago.

“The gap left in the West Australian market from the pull-back in mining investment has been hard to recover from. We have seen job opportunities impacted across almost all industries in the state, not just mining and resources,” said Mr Ilczynski.

INDUSTRY INSIGHT

The continuing strength of the labour markets is fuelled by Construction, and Real Estate and Property.

Across Australia year on year new job ads for;

  • Construction jobs increased 12 per cent.
    • NSW (up 22 per cent), Queensland (up 22 per cent) and Victoria (up 9 per cent)
  • Real Estate and Property jobs increased 10 per cent.
    • NSW (up 17 per cent), Victoria (up 12 per cent) and Queensland (up 7 per cent)

Industry breakdown shows that demand for labour has increased across many Real Estate and Property sectors on SEEK, particularly Commercial Sales, Leasing and Property Management; Body Corporate and Facilities Management; and Retail and Property Development. Mr Ilczynski noted that it was somewhat surprising that given the significant increase in new residential construction that we hadn’t seen an increase in Residential Leasing & Property Management.

“As the residential apartment projects complete over the next 12 months we may see this convert in to an increase in jobs in this sector,” said Mr Ilczynski.

Figure one: SEEK new job ads in Real Estate and Property across Australia
Figure one: SEEK new job ads in Real Estate and Property across Australia

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

Industries that have shown the strongest year on year growth across Australia are;

  • Science and Technology, which is a relatively small employing industry at the moment but showing strong growth up 46 per cent
  • Government and Defence up 30 per cent
  • Design and Architecture has been strong for many months and is up 25 per cent

“It’s encouraging to see an increase in science and technology roles. The jobs advertised in this industry cover lab analysts to PhD scholarship positions to research scientists.” Ilczynski said.

The weakest sectors for advertising remain Mining, Resources and Energy, Banking and Financial Services, and Insurance and Superannuation.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

In April, the SEEK Employment Index showed that there is slightly more applicants per job ad than in the previous month. This increase in candidate availability is largely driven by the weaker states.

For candidates in the states of South Australia and Western Australia they will likely have more competition from other candidates for every job they apply for.

Across New South Wales and Victoria there remains a fair balance between jobs advertised and candidates applying but this has been tightening over the past four months. Employers may find a smaller pool of suitably qualified candidates and may need to pay a slightly higher salary to attract the preferred candidate.

“Recently SEEK commissioned independent research to gain an understanding of the most important factors candidates consider when choosing a company to work for and the results revealed; 33 per cent of respondents said work life balance, followed by 20 per cent stating job security and then salary at 19 per cent.

“In states with tighter labour markets like New South Wales and Victoria, it is worth checking how you’re positioning your company and the roles available in a tightening labour market, particularly when you are trying to attract and retain top talent” Ilczynski continued.

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Media Release

14th April 2016

April SEEK Marketplace Report
COMMUNITY SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY HIRING ACROSS AUSTRALIA

  • Community Services and Development new job ads up nine per cent year on year
  • Child Welfare, Youth and Family Services fuelling the growth
  • Australian employment market stable, SEEK new job ads up 1.3 per cent for the month and 6.3 per cent year on year

Data released today from SEEK shows that there is hot demand for those with experience in Community Services and Development, with new job advertising increasing nine per cent year on year in the industry. The growth in the industry has been fuelled by demand specifically for Child Welfare, Youth and Family Services workers, with the subcategory up 26 per cent year on year across Australia.

SEEK Employment Managing Director; Michael Ilczynski said that there is increasing pressure on Government to provide services to support those most vulnerable in our community.

“The community services and development sector’s growth is heavily dependent on Government funding and policy, the growth we are seeing in our job ad volume in this category is perhaps a reflection of the increasing pressure Government is under to support programs and initiatives that support those in our communities.”

The increase in demand for additional resources in Child Welfare, Youth and Family Services in particular can be attributed partly to legislation implemented in the past year to provide support and services to women and children in a variety of areas.

States that have recently issued additional funding in this area include Tasmania, Queensland Victoria and New South Wales. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget allocated $283 million in funding over four years for programs and services targeting Victorian families, children and young people.

At a state level, seven of the eight states and territories have experienced year on year growth in community services and development, with the largest increases in Tasmania (up 47 per cent), followed by New South Wales (up 20 per cent), South Australia and ACT (both up 14 per cent) and Northern Territory (up 11 per cent). Queensland and Victoria had modest increases of seven per cent and two percent respectively, while Western Australia was down by seven per cent.

There are now nearly 10,000 jobs advertised nationally across the industry on SEEK.

“Interestingly, there has been some weakness in the Aged & Disability Support sub category, which is the largest single category of advertising, however this category should benefit substantially across time from the Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme” commented Mr Ilczynski.

At a national level, there has been strong demand for candidates in Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services (up 26 per cent), Indigenous & Multicultural Services (up 21 per cent) and Employment Services (up 17 per cent).

Figure one: SEEK new job ad growth in community services and development
Figure one: SEEK new job ad growth in community services and development

AUSTRALIA EMPLOYMENT UPDATE

New job ads across Australia are up 1.3 per cent month on month to March 2016, and this growth comes off the back of three months of relatively flat figures at a national level.

The cause of this stabilisation is from the weakening drag in Western Australia, with job ads falling in this state by only 0.2 per cent month on month, after falling by an average of five per cent in each of the three months prior (December 2015 – February 2016).

New job ads across New South Wales and Victoria remain strong, up 3.7 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively month on month.

Queensland remains volatile, oscillating between small increases and large decreases month on month. Encouragingly, there are a greater number of industries that are showing positive year on year growth. Science and Technology is up 31 per cent, Design and Architecture up 29 per cent and Government and Defence up 27 per cent.

Commenting on the Queensland market Mr Ilczynski said “to have growth across a variety of industries provides a level of support to the Queensland labour market. Whereas with Western Australia we’re seeing the growth limited to three industries. How Western Australia and Queensland play out in coming months will be a crucial factor in how Australia’s aggregate employment growth performs.”

Compared to 12 months ago, the market is in better shape with total new job ads up 6.3 per cent. New South Wales remains the driver of growth across the country, up 14.9 per cent year on year, followed by South Australia up 9.9 per cent, then Victoria up 7.9 per cent. ACT has shown a moderate improvement, up 3.6 per cent over 12 months, Queensland remains flat. Western Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory are all down compared to a year ago.

Figure two: SEEK new job ad growth by state
Figure two: SEEK new job ad growth by state

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Media Release

17th March 2016

March SEEK Marketplace Report
IT SECURITY SPECIALISTS IN HOT DEMAND AS INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SECTOR ENJOYS STEADY GROWTH

  • New job ads in Information & Communication Technology sector fuelled by strength of Eastern states
  • SEEK new job ads in February 2016 are up 5.7 per cent compared to the same time last year
  • Growth in Eastern states continues to offset declines in the West

Latest data from SEEK shows the number of new job ads increased 5.7 per cent from February 2015 year on year to February 2016.

Buoying this increase are the Eastern states, which show strong year on year growth. The two largest employing states New South Wales and Victoria are up 11.6 per cent and 6.8 per cent. Queensland has shown promising signs of recovering from the mining down turn with new job ads up 3.9 per cent over the 12 months and South Australia is up 7.7 per cent. Tasmania and ACT also posted strong year on year growth, up 10.7 per cent and 26.3 per cent respectively.

SEEK Employment Managing Director, Michael Ilczynski said “It is encouraging to see strong year on year growth across almost all states and territories in Australia and also that the growth is driven through a wide variety of industries. 24 out of 28 industries on SEEK experienced increases in job advertising over the past 12 months.”

Figure one: SEEK new job ads growth year on year to February 2016
Figure one: SEEK new job ads growth year on year to February 2016

Industry Focus: Information & Communication Technology Sector

The Information & Communications Technology (ICT) industry remains strong nationwide, experiencing 10 per cent year on year growth to February 2016.

SEEK Employment Managing Director, Michael Ilczynski said that, at a state level, the growth in job ads in the ICT sector reflects the overall health of the employment market nationwide.

“Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, ACT and New South Wales all experienced double digit growth in ICT job ads. New South Wales which has the largest number of opportunities advertised increased by 10 per cent year on year. There are now over 7,500 ICT jobs advertised through New South Wales, which is fantastic for those looking for work in that industry.”

Given the challenging employment market in Western Australia it is not surprising to see ICT roles declined year on year.

“We are not surprised to see that given the tough environment Western Australian businesses are facing as a result of the pull-back in mining investment that job opportunities in IT have gone down. It’s likely that businesses don’t have the resources to go ahead with new IT infrastructures or projects, which is having a direct reflection on their hiring needs” commented Mr Ilczynski.

At a national level there has been extremely strong year on year growth in demand for IT Security professionals (57 per cent), Technical Writers – those who produce easily accessible and digestible content for printed and online documents, such as user guides, manuals, intranet and website pages – (47 per cent) and Product Managers and Developers (42 per cent).

According to Mark Nielsen, APAC CEO of global IT recruitment specialist Talent International, the increase in IT security job listings can be attributed to sophisticated artificial intelligence and the unprecedented uptake of cloud computing over the past 12 months by Australian businesses, fuelling a demand for specialists to keep networks secure.

“With businesses expanding their offerings to meet customer web and mobility requirements, coupled with the advancement in devices with artificial intelligence capabilities, it is now more important than ever to be able to anticipate the level of sophistication possible when it comes to cybercrimes. There has been a significant increase in the way governments, businesses and people rely on technology and mobility as well as the rapid expansion of cloud computing, and as a result, IT security is one of the fastest growing areas we are seeing in the industry today.”

Figure two: SEEK new job ads growth year on year to February 2016 in ICT
Figure two: SEEK new job ads growth year on year to February 2016 in ICT

State by State

New jobs advertised remained relatively stable month to month dipping just 0.8 per cent from January to February 2016.

According to Mr Ilczynski, this slight loss in national momentum is primarily driven by the further downturn in advertising in Western Australia, where job ads fell 5.6 per cent month on month in February 2016 to be 20.1 per cent lower than a year ago.

“The decline in job advertising in Western Australia is across multiple industries and we are seeing a rise in applications for each job advertised in the State. This gives us an indication that the unemployment rate for the State is not likely to improve in the short-term,” said Mr Ilczynski.

Month on month advertising dipped in four other states and territories in February, including slight decreases in New South Wales (down 0.5 per cent) and Victoria (down 0.7 per cent). Advertising also fell in Queensland by 2.2 per cent; while increases were seen in South Australia (up 2.4 per cent), Tasmania (up 1.1 per cent) and Northern Territory (up 0.7 per cent).

SEEK Employment Index

The SEEK Employment Index (SEI), a measure of the availability of candidates for job advertisements, dropped four per cent month on month in February 2016, but remained 1.1 per cent higher than a year ago.

In trend terms, the SEI has fallen slightly in the past five months, continuing to suggest a weakening labour market for candidates, and a stronger volume of applications for every job which is posted on SEEK. This is particularly apparent across the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia.

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Media Release

18th February 2016

Opportunity lies in the east

  • Employment market up 6.1 per cent year on year to January 2016
  • Eastern states show stark contrast in opportunities compared to the West
  • Mining, Resources and Energy industry shows signs of life in New South Wales and Victoria

This month’s SEEK Employment Marketplace Report shows that the labour market remained steady month on month to January 2016 — however, beneath the surface of a seemingly still market there is a lot of movement in job advertising, particularly between the eastern and western states.

In the month of January alone Western Australia’s job ad volume fell 4.7 per cent when compared to December 2015. This represented the fifth consecutive monthly fall for the state.

SEEK Employment Managing Director, Michael Ilczynski, says the sharp decline in job advertising in Western Australia demonstrates how almost all industries and businesses are affected by the downturn in mining.

“A current snapshot of the Western Australia labour market highlights that the areas of growth are limited to just a few industries. Sports and Recreation, Legal, Education, General Management and Science and Technology are the only industries that have shown year on year growth,” said Mr Ilczynski.

Figure 1: Five fastest growing industries in Western Australia
Figure 1: Five fastest growing industries in Western Australia

The healthy growth in job advertisements across a broad range of industries in the eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, and to a lesser degree ACT and Tasmania, are offsetting the decline in the west. January represented the sixth successive month of month-to-month growth for New South Wales. The state currently has 13.1 per cent more jobs advertised than a year earlier.

“What's comforting about the increases in the east is that the growth spans a number of industries, which is arguably more sustainable for fuelling job growth in the long term.” Mr Ilczynski says.

Across both New South Wales and Victoria all industries bar one in New South Wales (Insurance and Superannuation) is showing positive year on year growth in job advertising.

Figure 2: SEEK New Job Ads growth by state year on year to January 2016
Figure 2: SEEK New Job Ads growth by state year on year to January 2016

INDUSTRY FOCUS — MINING, RESOURCES AND ENERGY

New job advertising in Mining, Resources and Energy is down 22 per cent year on year to January 2016. However the industry is showing signs of optimism in New South Wales and Victoria. New job ads in the industry are up 15 per cent and 12 per cent respectively over the year.

Encouragingly, driving growth in the eastern states are the large employing categories of Drill and Blast Mining and Mining Operations both showing double digit year on year growth.

“We’ve seen a big jump in demand for specialists in oil and gas production and refinement however this a relatively small employing sector. Where there is larger scale demand for labour is in drill and blast and operations roles with hundreds and thousands of opportunities currently needing to be filled” commented Mr Ilczynski.

OTHER MAJOR TRENDS

Housing construction job advertising classifications are performing particularly well, with trades and services up significantly for January. This demonstrates that while the residential housing boom is slowing, commercial building is sustaining a positive flow-on effect.

“On a micro level, cleaning jobs also surged in January when compared to a year ago, suggesting our increasingly busy lives has made this the year we are investing in home help,” says Ilczynski.

Large advertising classifications including Banking and Financial Services, Accounting, Administration and Office Support, Information and Communication Technology and Engineering, remained steady or recorded small growth year-on-year.

STATE BY STATE

Job advertising in January remained relatively flat across the major states. New South Wales had a slight uptick of 1.1 per cent month to month, while Victoria dipped 1.5 per cent. However, this was off the back of a 3.8 per cent increase in job advertising in December, while Queensland remained flat. New South Wales and Victoria are up 13.1 per cent and 9 per cent year on year.

“We continue to see the impact of the strong property market play out in creating jobs across New South Wales and Victoria with Design and Architecture, Trades and Services and Construction all posting strong double digit growth,” noted Mr Ilczynski.

Alongside the impressive performance of New South Wales, all other states and territories recorded higher job advertising than a year ago, which collectively offsets the drop in the west.

SEEK EMPLOYMENT INDEX

The SEEK Employment Index (SEI), a measure of the availability of candidates for advertised positions, rose 0.5 per cent month on month in January 2016 to be 7 per cent higher than a year ago.

Despite this small rise, in trend terms the SEI has fallen very slightly in each of the past four months, suggesting a weakening labour market for candidates (correspondingly easier for employers to source candidates) – particularly in Western Australia, but also in the Northern Territories, South Australia and increasingly so for Queensland.

The positive news lies in the labour markets of New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, which continue to tighten slightly according to the SEI, meaning it’s also slightly easier for job seekers to find employment.

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Media Release

15th January 2016

January SEEK Marketplace Report
NEW JOBS CREATED MAKES RIPE CONDITIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN’S TO MAKE A CAREER CHANGE

  • SEEK new job ads in December 2015 were 7.8 per cent higher than a year ago
  • Tightening labour market and SEEK Company Reviews provides favourable conditions for candidates to make informed employment choices
  • SEEK data points to Front End Programmers, Carpenters, Site Managers, Forklift Drivers and Account Managers as 2016's Hot Jobs
  • SEEK new jobs ads remain strongest in News South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, while ads remain weak in Western Australia and the Northern Territory

Latest data from SEEK shows the number of new job ads rose slightly in December up 0.2 per cent from November 2015. Job advertising has been growing steadily over the past year, averaging monthly growth rates of 0.8 per cent, with job advertisements in December 7.8 per cent higher than a year earlier.

According to SEEK Employment Managing Director Michael Ilczynski, this growth reflects an uptick in key business indicators toward the end of 2015.

“Over the past few months, we have seen business confidence and employment hiring intentions increase and this has flowed on to an increase in jobs advertised on site.”

The overall annual rise in SEEK new job ads is the result of continued strength across a wide range of industries, including Healthcare & Medical, Trades & Services, Government & Defence, Education & Training, Design & Architecture, Retail & Consumer Products, and Information & Communication Technology.

Figure 1: SEEK New Job Ads growth year on year to December 2015
SEEK New Job Ads growth year on year to December 2015

The continued growth in new job listings is good news for Australians looking to review their career in the New Year, said Mr Ilczynski.

“We recently carried out research that highlighted 68 per cent of Australians would like to work in an industry other than their current one. The start of a new year, coupled with the fact that almost all industries are showing growth in employment opportunities - many in the double digits - provides a good time for people to explore new career paths.”

Based on job advertising volume and what’s happening in the broader market SEEK has it’s finger on the pulse regarding what will be the hot-jobs of 2016.

  • 1. Front End Programmers (YOY growth of 50 per cent) – Front End Programming is a skill-set in high demand as Australia retains its position as one of the world’s top 10 e-commerce markets. We expect this demand to continue well in to 2016 as the Australian e-commerce industry goes from strength to strength. The demand for people with skills and experience in this field is rapidly outstripping supply, making it a favourable employment market for programmers with the right skill set.
  • 2. Carpenters (YOY growth of 40 per cent) - The increasing demand for skilled Carpenters is in line with the continued growth of the construction industry and real-estate market.
  • 3. Site Managers (YOY growth of 35 per cent) – Site Manager roles are in transition. There has been a steady decline for these positions in the mining and resources industry that goes hand-in-hand with general market trends. However, demand for the Site Managers as a whole has been buoyed by the strength of the property sector.
  • 4. Forklift Drivers (YOY growth of 33 per cent) – Forklift Drivers are also riding the e-commerce wave, as distribution centres rely on them to keep abreast the fulfilment of growing domestic and international online shopping trends.
  • 5. Account Managers (YOY growth of 14 per cent) - Sophisticated sales professionals are in demand, as there will always be a role for people that can demonstrate commercial acumen and articulate the true value and return on investment of the solutions they are selling in order to acquire and nurture clients. More broadly, Account Managers act as a good forward business indicator to confidence, and Australian Business Confidence edging up in recent months, growth for these roles are expected to continue.

Candidate Availability

Across the country there have been slightly less applications per job advertised in the past 12 months, suggesting a tightening in the labour market with contraction occurring in the strongest advertising markets. This provides favourable opportunities for job seekers to research prospective employers before making decisions about roles on offer.

“For those who are working in New South Wales and Victoria in industries where there is strong annual growth in job listings, the employment market is in their favour with plenty of opportunities and less competition for each role. SEEK’s Company Review page is available for people to help reduce the risk of changing jobs by providing trustworthy information about what it’s really like to work at companies, so you can make informed choices about which jobs to apply for,” said Mr Ilczynski.

In the states with an easing job market, Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia, more candidates are applying for roles which, in turn, means more competition for jobseekers.

State Insight

Significant state divergences in advertising remain, reflecting the differing forces impacting the Australian economy at the present time.

Job advertisements remain strongest in states least exposed to mining, with the Australian Capital Territory up 22.5 per cent, New South Wales up 14.9 per cent, Victoria up 12 per cent and Tasmania up 11.1 per cent year on year to December 2015.

On a monthly basis, job advertising rose the strongest in Victoria up 3.7 per cent month on month during 2015.

Advertising remains relatively weak in the mining states with the Northern Territory falling 2.4 per cent in December 2015, its sixth consecutive monthly decline, with the state now 4.8 per cent lower than December 2014. Western Australia remains the weakest state with advertising 13 per cent lower year on year.

While advertising remains weak in South Australia, there was a 1.6 per cent increase from November to December 2015. Despite Queensland’s exposure to mining, there are tentative signs of improvement, with advertising 1.4 per cent higher year on year.

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