The latest SEEK Employment Report showed that the top five industries which were contributing to job growth nationally were government and defence, healthcare and medical, education and training, community services and development, and mining, resources and energy.
SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks said: "While overall job advertising is down year-on-year, large employing industries including healthcare and medical as well as government and defence continue to perform strongly - creating employment opportunities across the country.
"Information and communications technology, although down during February, over the past 12 months as a whole we have seen 8.1% growth."
"Both have been driven by an increasing ageing population with job opportunities rising across nursing aged care and age support workers. Positions within these industries are ever-evolving and are diverse in the skills and experience hirers require from candidates," Banks added.
Only Tasmania (+4.7%) and Western Australia (+3.7%) showed a growth in job ads, while all other states saw a drop in job ad volume.
“We have seen a slowdown in job advertising which has been driven by a number of factors, including a decline in demand for workers in real-estate and construction, business and consumer confidence and the upcoming election," said Banks.
"We will be interested to see if the growth in the other major employing industries along with the commencement of large infrastructure projects creates enough employment opportunities to offset this decline."
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