Seek Jobs Ads Rose By 5.2 Per Cent In March

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April 28th, 2017

SEEK job listings jumped 5.2 per cent in the past year, with jobseekers looking for trades and services roles reaping the most rewards.

March figures released by the online job board reveal trades and services jobs were up 24 per cent year-on-year, followed by healthcare and medical (up 17 per cent) and information and communication technology (up 6 per cent).

SEEK Australia and New Zealand managing director Michael Ilczynski said even though advertising on SEEK was up from the year before, new job ads dipped slightly from the month before.

“The 1 per cent month-on-month decline in new job advertising in March comes off the back of an improving trend in job advertising in recent months, and is primarily driven by the effects of Cyclone Debbie and the timing of Easter,” Mr Ilczynski said.

“In Queensland, job ads were up 6 per cent year-on-year but were down 2.1 per cent month-on-month in March, with the majority of that dip attributed to Cyclone Debbie.”

Across Australia, Tasmania recorded the largest job ad growth, up 23.7 per cent year-on-year.

Fuelling this growth were healthcare and medical (up 49 per cent), hospitality and tourism (up 29 per cent) and trades and services (up 43 per cent).

“Strong advertising uplift on SEEK was also seen in South Australia (up 17.4 per cent), Western Australia (10.3 per cent) and the Northern Territory (up 10.2 per cent),” Mr Ilczynski said.

“The strength of WA’s recovery from the mining downturn continues with job ads rising for the sixth consecutive month in March (up 3.3 per cent month-on-month).”

Job ads rose 0.2 per cent year-on-year in New South Wales, 8.9 per cent in Victoria, and 7.7 per cent in the Australian Capital Territory.

Nationally, there were less favourable conditions for job seekers as there were more applications for each role on SEEK.

“In NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, NT and the ACT this March, conditions became more reasonable for hirers. For each job advertised there was a higher number of candidates applying, creating more competition for job seekers but providing hirers with a larger pool of candidates to choose from,” Mr Ilczynski said.

“While in SA and WA, there were improved competition conditions for job seekers compared to previous months.”