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Jobs advertising for the ICT industry topped the list of advertising in all job sectors in New South Wales and Victoria in June, according to a newly published report.

According to the latest jobs advertising report from SEEK, Australia’s two largest labour markets recorded a jump up in job ads across the board, including in Information & Communications Technology – NSW job ads were up by 7.1% year-on-year while Victoria recorded a rise in ads of 12.8% y/y.

Seek says in both NSW and Victoria the top advertising industry in June was Information & Communications Technology.

The SEEK report showed that in June the Healthcare & Medical industry was one of Australia’s largest employing and fastest growing industries, underpinned by strong population growth and the aging population.

According to Seek, demand for candidates continues to increase throughout the Healthcare & Medical industry and  over the last three months (April to June 2017) job ads on SEEK for the Healthcare & Medical industry grew 9% year-on-year, and was the third largest advertising industry on SEEK behind ICT and Trades & Services.

Healthcare & Medical specialist recruiter, Elizabeth Pettit, director of Pettit Pharma & Device Search, agreed that the Australian healthcare industry is growing due to our aging society, as well as the increase of chronic diseases and the development of drug molecules and medical technologies.

“I’m currently recruiting healthcare executives to market and sell pharmaceuticals and medical technologies and devices, to cater for the needs of healthcare professionals and to improve patient outcomes. The demand for talent across these fields is ever increasing.”

The latest SEEK data has revealed there were 10.9% more new job ads on SEEK this June than 12 months ago.

Michael Ilczynski, managing director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said the Australian labour market has continued to gain strength, and the mining, resource & energy industry enjoyed the fastest rate of advertising growth of all industries on SEEK this June.

 “At a national level, job ads for the mining, resource & energy industry were up 84%  year-on-year, with the mining states of Queensland and Western Australia displaying signs of recovery,” said Ilczynski.

 “Queensland experienced the largest advertising growth on SEEK of all the states and territories this June, up 5.2 per cent month on month [m/m] and 17.9 per cent y/y. This annual pace of growth across Queensland is now the strongest since the mining boom peak in 2011.

 “The pick-up in advertising across the Sunshine State has been wide-spread with strength in Brisbane (up 10.9% y/y), Mackay & the Coalfields (up 88% y/y), Mt Isa & Western Queensland (up 55.6% y/y), as well as Townsville and Northern Queensland (up 47.9% y/y.

“The mining, resources & energy industry enjoyed the largest growth in job advertising in Queensland (up 109% y/y), while trades & services offered the most job opportunities (up 46% y/y).”

Ilczynski said South Australia had also continued its recent strength, with advertising on SEEK up 0.8% m/m and 18.7% y/y.

And in other states and territories in June, job ads on SEEK were:

•    Up 7.4% y/y in Tasmania;

•    Up 6% y/y in the Northern Territory; and

•    Down 1.7% y/y in the Australian Capital Territory.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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