New job ads across the nation have recorded a year on year rise of 8.7 per cent to July, according to the latest data from SEEK.
Across Australia, the sectors with the greatest growth in employment opportunities were Mining Resources & Energy and Farming, Animals & Conservation – both saw a 37 per cent increase in job opportunities in July 2018 compared to July 2017. Closely following was the Government & Defence sector, where job ads were up 36 per cent YoY.
Some of Australia’s biggest employing industries also recorded strong growth in July. Job ads in the Healthcare & Medical sector grew 18 per cent YoY, while job ads in the Trades & Services and Information & Communication Technology sectors both grew by 17 per cent YoY. These three sectors were the biggest contributors to overall national job ad growth, and account for 29.2 per cent of all available opportunities in Australia.
Kendra Banks, Managing Director ANZ, SEEK, said: “The new financial year has brought strong employment opportunities with it. Even though July’s national figure of 8.7 per cent is lower than the average YoY growth rate for FY18 of 13.7 per cent, SEEK data shows strong double-digit results across the top 20 sectors. This suggests continuous growth over the coming months, creating a positive outlook for job creation across the nation.”
Nationally, Mining, Resources & Energy and Farming, Animals & Conservation led the charge, with both sectors recording growth of 37% YoY.
This was closely followed by Government & Defence sector, where job ads were up 36% in July 2018 compared to July 2017.
Across all states and territories, Tasmania recorded the highest percentage of new job ads at 26.8% YoY. This was driven by consistent job ads growth from 2014-2018 in the Trades & Services (16 per cent), Healthcare & Medical (14 per cent) and Hospitality & Tourism (12 per cent) sectors.