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Australia – Seek: Job ads drop

13 June 2013

The number of new jobs advertised online in May dropped by -3.2% in May from the previous month, according to the latest figures released by SEEK, a job site covering Australia and New Zealand.  

The most significant drop has been recorded in Western Australia reflecting a decline of -6.5%. A decrease of -2.2% in Queensland highlights the dwindling opportunities in the two states as mining projects are nearing completion.

New job listings in New South Wales fell -1.9% last month compared to -2.2% in April. Since the start of 2013, NSW has been the strongest performer of the two major employment states with a modest decline of -2.2%. In comparison, Victoria has experienced a decline of -6.3% in the number of online job advertisements since January 2013. Month-on-month, the only state to record an increase in job listings was in the Northern Territory (+2.3%).

Educational roles have proven the most resilient, experiencing more than +50% in the demand for vocational teachers (+55%), and secondary teachers (+52%). Early years’ teachers advertisements have also jumped +39%.

The number of applicants across Australia dropped by -1.4% in May, with the biggest fall recorded in Tasmania. Increases were reported in South Australia (+1.9%), Northern Territory (+12.5%), and in the Australian Capital Territory [ACT] (+1.2%).  

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