SEEK Employment Trends Australia: job market suggests those who can teach should
SEEK’s latest employment data shows that the outlook is promising for Australians considering a career in education and training. A 27% year-on-year rise to June 2015 in new job ads demonstrates a significant demand for educators and trainers.
Managing Director of SEEK Employment, Michael Ilczynski, says “the data also suggests that increasingly, education roles are not confined to the classroom, with a 256% jump in school management positions advertised within the year. Schools are acting more like businesses, with school management jobs fetching an average salary of $105,200”, says Ilczynski.
Job ads for teaching aides and special needs workers also jumped 150%; however, the average salary for those positions sits at the lowest for the sector, averaging $52,500 – which is also significantly lower than the national wage average of $76,000.
A further breakdown of SEEK’s data reveals a notable increase in demand for both primary and secondary teaching positions. This is likely a result of strong population growth in recent years.
“There has also been a 25% increase in advertising for roles in the childcare and outside school hours care, which is the largest advertising sub-classification on SEEK within the industry. Stability in the employment market is enabling parents to get back in the workforce and drive demand for childcare,” Ilczynski says.
Strong growth in education and training was evident across all major states.
Top 5 industries for growth over the past 12 months
The top five industries for percentage job ad growth from July 2014 to July 2015:
- Design and architecture (up 36%).
- Farming, animals and conservation (up 34%).
- CEO and general management (up 28%).
- Consulting and strategy (up 27%).
- Education and training (up 27%).
Ilczynski shares more on the latest changes in year-on-year total new job ad volume, month-on-month new job ad activity and job industry, as well as state breakdown.