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May
2015
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SEEK Employment Trends Australia: property boom builds trade industry jobs

If you’re looking to hire for the real estate or property industry, the news is good, according to the latest SEEK job figures, which show a heightened demand for roles in the trades and services sector.

Managing Director of Employment at SEEK, Michael Ilczynski, says that this demand for labour is extremely positive, especially for those with trade skills, as the number of opportunities for employment has seen significant growth.

“New job ads in the building industry, in particular for gardeners and landscapers, plumbers, builders, carpenters and cabinet makers, are in highest demand, compared with other trades like welders and boilermakers, butchers, fitters and turners and automotive workers,” says Ilczynski.

Overall, April saw positive national growth in job ad figures, with new jobs advertised rising 4.9% month-on-month from March. New job ads are also now 12.1% higher than this time last year.

“April saw the largest monthly increase since July 2010, when the labour market was recovering from the global financial crisis,” he continued. “Generally, the Australian economy is experiencing an ongoing divide between the demand for housing and the weakness in resources and associated sectors, which are reflected in the job ad data.”

SEEK data also shows strength in property-related sectors like design and architecture, with jobs up 3%. In addition, construction is up 18%, and trades and services up 13% year-on-year, but there’s weakness in mining, resources and energy, experiencing a 38% drop, and science and technology down 11%.

The IT sector, an industry that generally leads other sectors, showed a 23% rise in April, continuing the steady run of growth seen in recent months.

“While a relatively small advertising group, the continued growth in farming, animals and conservation suggests some overall strength in agriculture, notwithstanding some areas of the country continuing to experience severe climatic conditions.” Ilczynski concludes.

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