The latest SEEK Employment Report has shown a decline of 8.4 per cent in jobs advertised (y/y to November 2019) for Australia. Community services & development (14.6 per cent) lead as the sector with the highest job ad growth for November 2019 (vs. November 2018), followed by healthcare & medical (5.0 per cent) and education & training (3.0 per cent).
“The top three sectors contributing to job ad growth remain unchanged for the month, with community services & development, healthcare and education and training posting near record high job ad volumes,” noted Kendra Banks, managing director, SEEK ANZ. “Although it was near the end of the year, these sectors continued to offer many opportunities for job seekers. For example, education and training has a strong demand for secondary and primary teachers, and childcare and after school carers. The healthcare and medical sector is showing demand for general practitioners, aged care nurses and psychologists, counsellors and social workers. We anticipate this demand will continue into the new year.
Kendra continues: “When we look at our state-by-state breakdown we see declining ad volume in the large employing states as they come down from historically high levels. There is still a huge number of employment opportunities across NSW with over 40,000 listed in Sydney right now and in Victoria over 33,000 job opportunities in Melbourne.”
The smaller states are ticking along with some encouraging growth coming out of regional areas. This is particularly evident in Western Australia where Albany, Great Southern, Bunbury are posting double digit monthly job ad growth. Northam and the Wheatbelt are also showing good job opportunities. Healthcare and medical and mining, resources and energy appear to be the industries driving the opportunities.