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Aussie industries with the best and worst job growth in 2018

Demand for miners and healthcare workers rose last year. <em>(Photos: Getty)</em>
Demand for miners and healthcare workers rose last year. (Photos: Getty)

Last year was a good year for the Aussie employment market, with SEEK job advertisements up 8.6 per cent and average advertised salaries inching up 3.9 per cent.

However, some industries performed better than others: those in the mining, resources and energy sector were most sought after, with a 32 per cent jump in job ad growth when compared to 2017.

Government and defence professionals as well as those working in community services and development were also in high demand, with job ads seeing 24 and 18 per cent growth respectively.

Meanwhile, those in advertising, arts and media would have had the toughest time with their job hunt, with job ad growth in this sector reversing nine per cent.

Unsurprisingly, demand for real estate and property as well as design and architecture professionals languished at -5 per cent and -3 per cent growth respectively.

Demand for employees in the sales, construction, retail and consumer, and banking and financial services sectors were little-changed at 0 or 1 per cent growth.

SEEK Australia and New Zealand managing director Kendra Bank said the job ad growth reflected rising demand for professionals with highly technical skills as well as those in service positions such as healthcare roles, in what she called a “hollowing out of the middle”.

“This reflects the demand for people in our labour market that can ‘work on and with technology and AI’ as well as those roles where technology and AI is less prevalent, such as high-touch variable roles such as nursing and aged care,” Banks said.

This is what job ad growth looked like in 2018, by industry:

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