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The ICT industry continues to lead the way in job advertising, with a newly published report revealing the sector — along with Trades & Services and the Healthcare & Medical industries — offered the most job opportunities in August.

The latest report on job advertising from recruitment firm SEEK revealed there were 13.2% more new job ads across all Australian industry sectors this August than 12 months ago.

According to SEEK, the job advertising figures for August signal the best conditions for job-seekers on its website in the past seven years.

Michael Ilczynski, managing director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, says this August job ads on SEEK were at the highest levels since 2010, “so it’s a great time to be a job-seeker in Australia”.

“These positive trends in advertising on SEEK point to an improving labour market and suggests that positive economic momentum, evident in the June quarter National Accounts GDP Report, is continuing into the second half of the year,” Ilczynski says.

“While off a low base, the Mining, Resources & Energy industry continued to have the greatest job ad growth of all industries on SEEK, up 72% y/y this August.

“The pick-up of exploration activities by mining companies, especially in Western Australia [WA], after cutbacks over the past few years, is driving job advertising growth on SEEK across the Mining, Resources & Energy industry.”

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The SEEK report reveals that all states and territories this August enjoyed positive year-on-year job ad growth on its website.

“While off a lower base, Tasmania and the Northern Territory notched up the strongest growth in job ads on SEEK in August, up 33.8% y/y and 23.7% y/y respectively.

“The Queensland labour market has been recovering strongly since April, with advertising on SEEK up 20.3% y/y this August. Trades & Services remains the top advertising industry across the state, up 44%  y/y.”

Ilczynski says that in WA, conditions were weaker but still positive, with job ads on SEEK up 14.8% y/y.

“Fuelling this growth was strong advertising across Mining, Resources & Energy (up 52% y/y], Trades & Services (up 26% y/y) and Healthcare & Medical (up 6% y/y0.

“Advertising trends continue to be very positive in NSW (up 7.4% y/y), Victoria (up 15.5% y/y), South Australia (up 19.5%), and the ACT (up 3.6% y/y). In these regions, the number of job ads on SEEK have all recovered to their pre-GFC levels.”

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On education and training, SEEK says demand for childcare services in Australia has surged in recent years, and similarly job ads have increased for childcare professionals.

The most job opportunities across the Education & Training industry on SEEK were for childcare & outside school hours care workers, and this has been an ongoing trend since 2010.

“In addition to being the most sought-after professionals across the education & training industry, new job ads on SEEK for childcare & outside school hours care workers have continued to enjoy year-on-year advertising uplift, especially during the June to August quarter over the past three years,” Ilczynski says.

Ilczynski says childcare is a booming sector across Australia.

“A recent review of the Australian Childcare industry by Colliers International in May 2016, revealed that 1.2 million children attend approximately 17,000 government approved childcare services nationwide, and those numbers have grown substantially over the last five years, recording an annual growth rate of 4.6%.”

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And SEEK reveals that another area of the education & training industry that had strong advertising from June to August 2017 was Early Childhood Teaching, with this field enjoying 14% new job ads y/y.

“Tertiary teaching, while off a low base, experienced the largest job ad growth of all the education & training fields on SEEK from June to August 2017, up 28% y/y,” explained Ilczynski.

“A recent media report by Australian Financial Review stated that the Commonwealth Government is looking to double the number of onshore enrolments by 2025. Consequently, this may be allied to the increasing growth in job ads on SEEK for tertiary teaching positions, as well as management positions at tertiary institutions.”

Nationally, job ads on SEEK for the education & training industry have grown a modest 6% from June to August 2017 when compared to the corresponding period last year, and the national average advertised annual salary across the industry during FY17 was $78,802, an increase of 4% when compared to FY16.

SEEK also reports that strong demand for candidates continues across the education & training industry, which it says suggests good conditions for job seekers. The top advertising states for jobs across this industry from June to August 2017 were New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.


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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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