SEEK reports spike in job advertisements

A bit of positive news this morning, with SEEK reporting job ads have increased substantially over the last month.

Following a severe fall in job advertisements over the month of April, ads are now up a whopping 26.8 percent across Australia.

SEEK’s new data has found that the biggest contributors to job ad growth is the Trades and Services industry at +45.1 percent, Administration and Office Support at +88.5 percent, Education and Training at +75.3 percent, Hospitality and Tourism at +101.6 percent and Sales at 97.1 percent.


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All states are showing an increase in job ad activity:

South Australia up by 36.2%
Tasmania up by 35.7%
Queensland up by 35.1%
Victoria up by 28.8%
Northern Territory up by 28.1%
Western Australia up by 27.4%
New South Wales up by 21.2%
Australian Capital Territory up by 13.6%

The Managing Director at SEEK ANZ Kendra Banks says these are promising signs.

“In the fortnight ended 17 May we saw an increase in job advertising of 26.8% compared to the average of the month of April.

“As Australia begins its long road to recovery, we are looking at comparing job ad volumes to April.

“We are using April as a baseline as we hope this is the low point for job ad numbers and we can use this as a comparison for how the employment market is progressing.

“It is important to remember that these figures are a long way shy of the pre-COVID volumes and there is a long road ahead.”

“There are some promising signs with all states and territories showing an increase in job ad volumes compared to April, suggesting we have turned a corner as long as we do not see a return of restrictions or a further outbreak.

“South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland are showing the biggest growth in job ad volume in the last two weeks,” Ms Banks said.

SEEK data has also shown that the most popular job advertisements are for the following roles.

Healthcare & Medical: roles such as Nursing (Aged Care and General Medical), Physiotherapy, Psychology, Counselling & Social Work and GPs
Trades & Services: Automotive, Labourers, Fitters, Turners & Machinists & Electricians
Information & Communication Technology: Developers/ Programmers, Business/ Systems Analysts, Software Engineering, and Project Management
Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics: Warehousing, Storage & Distribution, Road Transport, Assembly & Process Work and Machine Operators
Mining, Resources & Energy: Engineering & Maintenance and Operations.

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