Figures from SEEK suggest there were seven per cent more jobs advertised on SEEK in January 2017 than 12 months ago. Overall results have improved 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 and services professionals in SA this January.
“Queensland job ads were up eight per cent y/y this January, fuelling the growth was; Trades and services [up 21 per cent y/y], healthcare and medical [up 10 per cent y/y] and hospitality and tourism [up seven 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 and 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 and 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.
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.
Job ads on SEEK for the marketing and communications industry grew two per cent this January when compared to the same period last year. The greatest year on year [y/y] advertising growth for the marketing and 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 and 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 and communications industry,” Ilczynski said.
“It shows opportunities are not just isolated to NSW, Australia's largest labour market, which is widely regarded as the hub for this industry. Even though there is more job growth across the country for marketing and communications professionals, NSW still offers the most opportunities for this sector, despite job ads dipping two per cent y/y in NSW this January.”