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15.03.17 8 per cent more jobs on SEEK than 12 months ago
06.03.17 Almost half the Aussie workforce is considering a career change
28.02.17 Australia's Highest Advertised Salaries on SEEK
16.02.17 Strong prospects for jobseekers, more jobs in Australia than 12 months ago

Media Release

15th March 2017

8 per cent more jobs on SEEK than 12 months ago

New job advertisements on SEEK rose 8 per cent this February when compared to the same period last year.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said this February advertising on SEEK was fuelled by continued job ad uplift in South Australia [SA] and Victoria [VIC], as well as the recovery of advertising in Queensland [QLD] and Western Australia [WA].

“Advertising on SEEK has increased across all the states and territories this February, with South Australia enjoying the largest jump in job advertising, up 21 per cent year on year [y/y], followed by Victoria, up 10 per cent y/y,” Ilczynski said

“It is very encouraging to see job ads on SEEK continue to rise in Queensland [up 9.3 per cent] and WA [up 7.5 per cent] as these states were previously hardest hit by the mining downturn.

“Across Queensland and WA, the industry offering the most job opportunities on SEEK this February was Trades & Services.

“The average advertised annual salary on SEEK for Trades & Services in Queensland was $62,573, while in WA the average advertised annual salary was $71,266,” Ilczynski said.

The most sought after Trades & Service professionals in Queensland this February were:

  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Electricians
  • Labourers

While in WA, the most in-demand Trades & Service professionals were:

  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Fitters, Turners & Machinists
  • Electricians

“In New South Wales [NSW], Australia's largest labour market, advertising on SEEK was up 5.7 per cent y/y this February,” Ilczynski added.

New job ads on SEEK in other states and territories this February:

  • Australian Capital Territory [ACT], up 9.9 per cent y/y
  • Northern Territory [NT], up 4.9 per cent y/y
  • Tasmania [TAS], up 4.8 per cent y/y

MINING, RESOUCES & ENERGY

At a national level, the Mining, Resources & Energy industry enjoyed the greatest job ad growth of all industries across Australia, up 66 per cent y/y this February.

“A sustained hiring trend we're seeing at present, is a demand for multi-skilled mining professionals that also possess ‘softer skills,' such as team leadership and communication. Hirers are looking for people that fulfil duties beyond the specific job requirements,” said Ilczynski.

“In WA and QLD, the largest mining states, job ads on SEEK for the Mining, Resources & Energy sector were up 57 per cent and 69 per cent respectively this February,” Ilczynski added.

Across both the states it was mining engineers and mining operators that were in the highest demand. In WA alone there are over 500 job opportunities live on SEEK for mining engineers.

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

Nationally there has been a y/y increase of 3.6 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this February, 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 this January in NSW, TAS, the ACT and NT. 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,” Ilczynski said.

“While in VIC, QLD SA and WA, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” he added.

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Job ads on SEEK for Human Resources [HR] & Recruitment industry grew 5 per cent this February when compared to 12 months earlier.

Across Australia, the most in-demand HR and Recruitment professionals on SEEK and their average advertised salaries on SEEK were:

  • Generalist HR professionals, $87,358
  • Agency Recruitment Consultants, $71,663
  • In-house Recruitment Consultants, $79,192
  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialists, $95,445

The national average advertised annual salary on SEEK for HR and Recruitment professionals is $83,784.

“It's interesting that Generalist HR professional are the most advertised HR and Recruitment job title on SEEK this February. This could indicate that hirers are looking for multi-skilled practitioners to take part in the full spectrum of HR activities across a business, including recruitment, employee relations issues, coaching, leadership development and change management,” revealed Ilczynski.

“It's not surprising to see Recruitment Consultants [internal and external] among the top advertised HR roles on SEEK, this could indicate the Australian businesses are looking to take on more employees, which is reflected in our rising job ad volume on SEEK,” he added.

“The greatest number of job opportunities on SEEK for the HR & Recruitment professionals were seen in NSW this February, despite job ads dipping 4 per cent y/y.

“The next top states for jobs in this sector were Victoria [up 9 per cent y/y], Queensland [up 25 per cent y/y] and WA [up 3 per cent y/y],” said Ilczynski.

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Media Release

6th March 2017

Almost half the Aussie workforce is considering a career change

SEEK research has revealed that 43 per cent of the Australian workforce are considering a career change in the next 12 months.

Kendra Banks, SEEK Spokesperson, said just under a third [29 per cent] of people are contemplating a career move is to either have a more fulfilling job [16 per cent] or to pursue their passions [13 per cent].

“Our SEEK study also uncovered that 74 per cent of people in the Australian workforce feel that their job has a big impact on their overall quality of life, and a similar proportion [71 per cent] believe their job has an impact on the emotional state of those closest to them,” continued Banks.

“This highlights the importance of people being in the right job as it affects not only themselves but the people around them too,” she added.

For someone thinking of changing career direction, having a taste of a job they're considering is a great way to know if it is the right fit for them. Skilled volunteering via SEEK Volunteer is one great way to do this.

“SEEK research has uncovered that 95 per cent of hirers regard skilled volunteering as a credible way for job seekers to gain work experience and skills,” said Banks.

Melbourne-based family man, Lee Tilloston, recently volunteered his time to gain work experience as a landscape gardener after his wife Tara helped organise the opportunity in partnership with SEEK.

“I support Lee 110 per cent to venture into a new career. I've told him that I've got his back,” said Tara Tilloston, who works in the insurance industry. “Lee needs to be happy at work, this is his life and he has to live it to the fullest,” she added.

Lee's first job was in plastics manufacturing, and 20 years later he remains in the industry. He gets satisfaction from doing a good job, although he no longer finds it challenging. But as a devoted dad, Lee has stayed to support his young family because of the security the job brings.

Currently, Lee works the afternoon shift [2pm-10pm] which limits the time he gets to spend with his wife and children.

“My family would be happier, if I was happier,” said Lee. “I think the kids pick-up on stress and while my job doesn't really stress me out, it's more not being around for them and not seeing my wife. It's not the ideal relationship when you spend half an hour together at night, and it's usually getting the kids lunches ready. There's no quality time during the week, with anyone, really,” Lee continued.

“I love gardening, landscape type stuff. That's what I'd love to be doing every day.

“I need to find that balance of family and work. In the next 10 years, I'd like to be coming home before dinner, and I'd like to be landscape gardening,” Lee concluded.

According to SEEK, two thirds of Australians have a family member who is dissatisfied with their job.

“When planning a career change, speaking with family and friends is a great way for a job seeker to explore their strengths and passions from a different perspective, to help them identify an industry and job that best suits their personality and skill-set to reach their full potential,” said Banks.

“Speaking with loved ones can also make an individual understand if their unhappiness in their current role is having an impact on their overall wellness and those around them,” said Banks.

“Another interesting finding our study revealed is that 40 per cent of people said they know someone who they feel isn't living up to their full-potential at work,” Banks added.

23-year-old Ned Wynen said he is grateful for having amazing family and friends that steer him in the right direction and help motivate and support him, especially when it comes to his career direction.

Ned said he fell into his current job as a Pharmacy Assistant after leaving high school.

“I was looking for part time work at the time and that's why I started working at the pharmacy, it just happened to be the job that I could get while I was needing work,” said Ned.

Four years later, William O'Gorman, one of Ned's best mates, believes it's time for Ned to start pursuing career opportunities in town planning, especially since Ned is near to completing a degree in Urban Planning.

“Working at the Chemist, Ned is just rolling at 30 per cent, we need to get him up to 95 per cent. He needs to get into town planning because that's what he's passionate about,” said William.

“Ned has already experienced a career false start. Prior to his Urban Planning studies, he completed a Bachelor Degree in Biological Science then decided the industry wasn't for him,” William added.

Ned's mother Marnie agrees with Ned's friend William.

“Ned is just earning an income by working at the pharmacy. If Ned could do anything in the future he'd be doing Town Planning.

“I want Ned to know that everyone believes in him, and he could actually go out there and get what he wants,” said Marnie Wynen.

Ned's family and friends along with SEEK, organised an opportunity for Ned to have a taste of what it's like to work as a town planner.

“Gaining experience at the town planning organisation was a fantastic opportunity for me. It increased my understanding of the industry, I met experts in the field and most importantly it made me realise that town planning is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” said Ned.

“I'm currently trying to secure a graduate position in Town Planning, or any job in the industry to help broaden my skill-set and experience,” he added.

SEEK research shows that it's common for Australians to change their career direction and it's not surprising that age plays a factor in the number of different careers people have.

“Our data shows that people in Australia are comfortable with the concept of having multiple careers, and will consider a change if their job is impacting their quality of life and those around them,” said Banks.

“Currently 38 per cent of people in the Aussie workforce have made one career change, while 29 per cent have made two, and a further 33 per cent have had three changes.

“Our SEEK research also uncovered that the older you are, the more likely you are to have made a career change. 78 per cent of 55-64-year-old Aussies have had a career change, compared to 62 per cent of 35-54-year-olds, and 43 per cent of people age between 18 to 34 years,” continued Banks.

For people who don't want to settle in their current job, online resources are another great tool to help people research their next move.

“SEEK.com.au has a terrific advice and tips section that provides guidance from experts and the latest jobs market data to help people make informed career decisions,” said Banks.

“Researching companies via SEEK Company Reviews can also assist people to gain a more in-depth understanding of a company they may like to work for and decide if the company and job is a good fit for them,” Banks concluded.

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Media Release

28th February 2017

Australia's Highest Advertised Salaries on SEEK

Australia's highest paying salaries on SEEK have been revealed and it's exciting news for jobseekers because big bucks can be earned across a number of Australian industries in 2017.

Top 5 highest paying industries on SEEK

Industry: Mining, Resources & Energy
Avg. annual salary: $115,005
Salary growth YoY: -1%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-mining-resources-energy

Industry: Consulting & Strategy
Avg. annual salary: $108,471
Salary growth YoY: 1%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-consulting-strategy

Industry: Construction
Avg. annual salary: $106,693
Salary growth YoY: 2%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-construction

Industry: Engineering
Avg. annual salary: $103,247
Salary growth YoY: 1%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-engineering

Industry: Information & Communication Technology
Avg. annual salary: $102,548
Salary growth YoY: 2%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-information-communication-technology

Sarah Macartney, SEEK Spokesperson, said SEEK's highest paying industry results are very encouraging as they clearly show that the strength of the Australian labour market is being buoyed by a number of thriving industries that are offering well payed job opportunities on SEEK.

“It's interesting to see that Mining, Resources & Energy is still Australia's highest paying industry on SEEK. The decline in job advertising associated with the mining downturn looks to have finally turned and earning prospects remain strong for those working in this industry.

“In Western Australia, this January, Mining, Resources & Energy industry enjoyed the greatest advertising growth, with job ads on SEEK up 45 per cent year on year [y/y].” Macartney said.

“However, it's important to point out that while it is great to see high earning potential across industries that actual growth in advertised salary year to year has remained relatively flat,” said Macartney.

“Employees should look at what other perks or benefits they can weave into their remuneration if salaries are not on the rise. This may be the inclusion of a phone or car in their package, free parking or gym memberships, or increased annual leave,” she added.

Top 5 highest paying industries on SEEK

Job Classification: Architects
Industry: Information & Communication Technology
Avg. annual salary: $137,707
Salary growth YoY: 2%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-information-communication-technology/architects

Job Classification: Managers
Industry: Engineering
Avg. annual salary: $133,530
Salary growth YoY: 3%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-engineering/management

Job Classification: Managers
Industry: Mining, Resources & Energy
Avg. annual salary: $133,169
Salary growth YoY: 1%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-mining-resources-energy/management

Job Classification: Managers
Industry: Information & Communication Technology
Avg. annual salary: $129,903
Salary growth YoY: 1%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-information-communication-technology/management

Job Classification: General Practitioners
Industry: Healthcare & Medical
Avg. annual salary: $129,635
Salary growth YoY: 0%
Link: https://www.seek.com.au/jobs-in-healthcare-medical/general-practitioners

The top paying jobs on SEEK reflect the skills that are in demand as well as the value attributed to those with the experience to be at a manager level.

“To put these highest paying jobs into perspective, currently on SEEK the average advertised salary across all jobs is $81,235, which is up 1.8 per cent when compared to the same time last year,” said Macartney.

“It's no surprise that the ICT Architect job title enjoyed the overall highest advertised salary on SEEK. ICT Architects play a fundamental role in the creation and design of new technology to keep Australian's digitally connected and competitive, and this need is ever increasing. Therefore demand for these professionals is high and so are the salaries advertised on SEEK to attract the best ICT Architect talent.

“It's also interesting that management roles across Engineering, Mining, Resources & Energy and ICT industries are among the top 5 highest paying jobs advertised on SEEK. These roles directly support the growth and prosperity of our nation and in return these professionals are being highly remunerated to manage the build teams that can deliver on the needs of businesses,” Macartney added.

“We predict General Practitioners [GPs] will in the remain a top paying job on SEEK because as Australian's live longer and our population continues to increase, so does as their services are essential for enhancing the wellbeing and longevity of Australian lives through medical health care,” Macartney concluded.

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Media Release

16th February 2017

Strong prospects for jobseekers, more jobs in Australia than 12 months ago

There were 7 per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK this January than 12 months ago, with improved results across the states and territories.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said the increase in advertising in recent months has been driven by continuing solid job ad growth in South Australia [SA], Queensland [QLD] and Victoria [VIC], as well as an upturn in advertising in Western Australia [WA].

“South Australia continued to have the largest y/y advertising growth of all the states and territories this January, with job ads on SEEK up 25.4 per cent y/y, with the most job opportunities coming from Trades & Services sector [up 48 per cent y/y],” Ilczynski said.

Automotive mechanics and technicians, hairdressers, beauty therapists and electricians, were the most sought after Trades & Services professionals in SA this January.

“Queensland job ads were up 8 per cent y/y this January, fuelling the growth was; Trades & Services [up 21 per cent y/y], Healthcare & Medical [up 10 per cent y/y] and Hospitality and Tourism [up 7 per cent y/y],” Ilczynski said.

“WA job ads rose for the fourth consecutive month in January with job ads up 0.8 per cent y/y, with the Mining, Resources & Energy industry enjoying the greatest advertising growth in WA this January, with job ads up 45 per cent y/y.

The WA mining professionals in high demand this January were Mining Engineering & Maintenance specialists, with more than 500 job opportunities on SEEK, and Mining Operators with over 300 jobs advertised.

“In NSW and Victoria, Australia's largest labour markets, advertising on SEEK was up 4.9 per cent y/y and 8.6 per cent y/y respectively this January when compared to the same period last year,” Ilczynski added.

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

  • Tasmania [TAS], up 8.9 per cent y/y
  • Australian Capital Territory [ACT], up 7.7 per cent y/y
  • Northern Territory [NT], up 0.8 per cent y/y

At a national level, the industries with the largest job ad volume on SEEK this January were:

  1. Information & Communications Technology, up 1 per cent y/y
  2. Trades & Services, up 14 per cent y/y
  3. Healthcare & Medical, up 13 per cent y/y

CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY

Across Australia there has been a y/y increase of 1.1 per cent in the SEEK Employment Index this January, 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 this January in NSW, WA, TAS, and the ACT and NT. 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,” Ilczynski said.

“While in VIC, QLD and SA, there were reasonable competition conditions for job seekers and employers,” he added.

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Job ads on SEEK for the Marketing & Communications industry grew 2 per cent this January when compared to the same period last year.

The greatest year on year [y/y] advertising growth for the Marketing & Communications industry was seen in SA where there were 29 per cent more jobs than 12 months ago.

In SA, Marketing Assistants/Coordinators and Marketing Communication Specialists were most in demand on SEEK.

The ACT also enjoyed solid Marketing & Communications growth with job ads up 26 per cent y/y.

“It's encouraging to see advertising on SEEK increase across several states and territories for the Marketing & Communications industry. It shows opportunities are not just isolated to NSW, 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 & Communications professionals, NSW still offers the most opportunities for this sector, despite job ads dipping 2 per cent y/y in NSW this January.

“Victoria and Queensland were the next top states for Marketing & Communications opportunities this January,” Ilczynski added.

Table 1. Marketing & Communications Industry job ad growth on SEEK [January 2017 v January 2016]
LOCATION INDUSTRY % Job ad growth
[Jan 17 v Jan 16]
SA Marketing & Communications 29%
ACT Marketing & Communications 26%
VIC Marketing & Communications 7%
WA Marketing & Communications 3%
QLD Marketing & Communications 3%
NSW Marketing & Communications -2%

Across Australia, the most in-demand Marketing & Communications professionals on SEEK this January, and their average advertised annual salaries were:

  1. Digital & Search Marketers, $84,752
  2. Marketing Communication Specialist, $85,621
  3. Marketing Assistants/Coordinator, $60,689

Table 2. Fastest growing Marketing & Communications job titles on SEEK [January 2017 v January 2016]
INDUSTRY SUB CLASSIFICATION % Job ad growth
[Jan 17 v Jan 16]
Marketing & Communications Trade Marketing 24%
Marketing & Communications Marketing Assistants/Coordinators 17%
Marketing & Communications Brand Manangement 13%
Marketing & Communications Internal Communications 11%

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