Design and architecture expecting continued employment growth



The design and architecture classification on SEEK covers a range of disciplines spreading across the building, IT and creative design sectors. Over the past five years, employment growth within the sector has been mixed, going from -40% (creative design) to +42% (IT). However, the market looks set for a healthy outlook with positive growth rates forecasted to 2018.


As a result, some disciplines will start to feel the pressure of the increase in demand for talent. While Australia is expecting employment growth rates of around 7.2%, the Department of Employment predicts that occupations within the design and architecture sector will be almost double this rate (12% growth 2013–2018).

Specifically, one of the largest occupational groups, graphic and web designers, and illustrators, account for over 56,000 workers in Australia. This is set to grow by 15% (more than double the national average) to 65,000 workers by 2018. With this in mind, companies that are able to think differently about the way they source the right talent, and how they keep them engaged, will be able to mitigate flight risks within their business.

Key findings from SEEK's Design and Architecture Industry Insights Report


SEEK’s Design & Architecture Report analyses historical and predicted employment trends produced by the Department of Employment, and, supply and demand trends produced by SEEK.

3 most difficult roles to source nationally



  1. Urban designers and planners.

  2. Landscape architects.

  3. Architects.


New South Wales dominated candidate supply for architects and urban designers and planners.

3 disciplines attracting the highest salaries



  1. Urban designers and planners ($82,837–$104,061).

  2. Web and interaction design ($76,879–$98,130).

  3. Architecture ($70,592–$88,924).




Use SEEK’s Design and Architecture Industry Insight Report to position yourself as a subject matter expert and make clever talent sourcing decisions that will support your business’ future development. Interested in other industries too? Download a copy of our 2015 Industry Insights Report, which sums up the top metrics across every SEEK job classification.

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