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Australia – SEEK job ads down 7.7%, but average salaries rise

18 July 2019

Australian job board SEEK’s latest employment report showed a decrease of 7.7% in jobs advertised in June 2019 compared to June 2018. At the same time, the average advertised salary across Australia increased by 2.7% year-on-year.

The science & technology sector reported the highest job ad growth rate with a rise of 19.2%, year-on-year. Within this sector, roles for quality assurance & control saw the greatest growth (70.6%), followed by environmental, earth & geosciences (54.1%) and food technology & safety (28.8%).

The education & training sector reported the second-highest job ad growth rate (14.5%).

Kendra Banks, Managing Director, SEEK ANZ commented, “As we know, June is the last month of the financial year and tends to be a quieter month for job ad volume. We have seen a continued decline of job ad growth this month extending the trend of 2019. However, the first few months of a new financial year - with businesses setting new priorities and budgets being refreshed - normally form the busiest months for recruitment in the whole year. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the next few months, where I believe we will get a clearer picture of the current employment market.”

All states and territories showed a decline in job ad volume except the Australian Capital Territory (5.3%) and Tasmania (0.9%).

Meanwhile, the average advertised salary across Australia rose across all states and territories with the exception of Tasmania (-0.8%).  Victoria led the way in salary growth (3.2%), followed by New South Wales (3.0%) and the Northern Territory (2.5%).

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