SEEK Employment Trends Australia: new jobs created, plus hot jobs for 2016

Latest data from SEEK shows that the number of new job ads rose slightly in December 2015, up 0.2% from November 2015. Job advertising has been growing steadily over the past year, averaging monthly growth rates of 0.8%, with job advertisements in December 7.8% higher than a year earlier.

According to SEEK Employment Managing Director, Michael Ilczynski, this growth reflects an up-tick in key business indicators toward the end of 2015.

“Over the past few months, we have seen business confidence and employment hiring intentions increase and this has flowed on to an increase in jobs advertised on site.”

The overall annual rise in SEEK new job ads is the result of continued strength across a wide range of industries, including healthcare and medical, trades and services, government and defence, education and training, design and architecture, retail and consumer products, and information and communication technology.

The continued growth in new job listings is good news for Australians looking to review their career in the New Year, says Ilczynski.

“We recently carried out research that highlighted 68% of Australians would like to work in an industry other than their current one. The start of a new year, coupled with the fact that almost all industries are showing growth in employment opportunities – many in the double digits – provides a good time for people to explore new career paths.”

Hot jobs for 2016

Based on job advertising volume and what’s happening in the broader market, SEEK has it’s finger on the pulse regarding what will be the hot jobs of 2016, they are:

  1. Front end programmers (year-on-year growth of 50%) – front end programming is a skill  set in high demand as Australia retains its position as one of the world’s top 10 e-commerce markets. We expect this demand to continue well in to 2016, as the Australian e-commerce industry goes from strength to strength. The demand for people with skills and experience in this field is rapidly outstripping supply, making it a favourable employment market for programmers with the right skill set.

  2. Carpenters (year-on-year growth of 40%) – the increasing demand for skilled carpenters is in-line with the continued growth of the construction industry and real-estate market.

  3. Site managers (year-on-year growth of 35%) – site manager roles are in transition. There has been a steady decline for these positions in the mining and resources industry, which goes hand-in-hand with general market trends. However, demand for site managers as a whole has been buoyed by the strength of the property sector.

  4. Forklift drivers (year-on-year growth of 33%) – forklift drivers are also riding the e-commerce wave, as distribution centres rely on them to keep abreast of the fulfilment of growing domestic and international online shopping trends.

  5. Account managers (year-on-year growth of 14%) – sophisticated sales professionals are in demand, as there will always be a role for people who can demonstrate commercial acumen and articulate the true value and return on investment of the solutions they are selling in order to acquire and nurture clients. More broadly, account managers act as a good forward-business indicator to confidence, and with Australian business confidence edging up in recent months, growth for these roles is expected to continue.

Candidate availability

Across the country, there have been slightly less applications per job advertised in the past 12 months, suggesting a tightening in the labour market with contraction occurring in the strongest advertising markets. This provides favourable opportunities for job-seekers to research prospective employers before making decisions about roles on offer.

“For those who are working in New South Wales and Victoria, in industries where there is strong annual growth in job listings, the employment market is in their favour with plenty of opportunities and less competition for each role. SEEK’s company review pages are available for people to help reduce the risk of changing jobs by providing trustworthy information about what it’s really like to work at companies, so you can make informed choices about which jobs to apply for,” says Ilczynski.

In the states with an easing job market – Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia – more candidates are applying for roles, which, in turn, means more competition for job-seekers.

State insight

Significant state divergences in advertising remain, reflecting the differing forces impacting the Australian economy at the present time.

Job advertisements remain strongest in the states least exposed to mining, with the Australian Capital Territory up 22.5%, New South Wales up 14.9%, Victoria up 12% and Tasmania up 11.1% year-on-year to December 2015.

On a monthly basis, job advertising rose the strongest in Victoria up 3.7% month-on-month during 2015. Advertising remains relatively weak in the mining states, with the Northern Territory falling 2.4% in December 2015, its sixth consecutive monthly decline, with the state now 4.8% lower than December 2014. Western Australia remains the weakest state with advertising 13% lower year-on-year.

While advertising remains weak in South Australia, there was a 1.6% increase from November to December 2015. Despite Queensland’s exposure to mining, there are tentative signs of improvement, with advertising 1.4% higher year-on-year.
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