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Aussie businesses are hiring again: Here’s where the jobs are

The Queensland government has eased COVID-19 lockdown measures in response to a decline in coronavirus cases across the state. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Australian employment market is heating back up, with recent ABS figures of a slowing rate of job losses now backed up by fresh data revealing that Australian job ad volumes are back up in every state.

According to Seek’s latest employment snapshot, the number of job ads in the first half of May were up 26.8 per cent compared to the average for April.

The highest increase in job ads was in customer service, which saw growth of 84.4 per cent in fortnight leading up to 17 May, and making up more than a third (37 per cent) of job ads on Seek.

These roles in customer service encompass several sectors, such as admin and office support, hospitality and tourism, sales, retail and consumer products, real estate and property, call centres, sports and recreation, and advertising, media and arts.

Job ads were up across the board in Australia, with South Australia leading the way with an increase of 36.2 per cent.

(Source: Seek)

“There are some promising signs with all states and territories showing an increase in job ad volumes compared to April, suggesting we have turned a corner as long as we do not see a return of restrictions or a further outbreak,” said Seek ANZ managing director Kendra Banks.

“South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland are showing the biggest growth in job ad volume in the last two weeks.”

Here’s how much job ads rose in every state:

  • South Australia up by 36.2%

  • Tasmania up by 35.7%

  • Queensland up by 35.1%

  • Victoria up by 28.8%

  • Northern Territory up by 28.1%

  • Western Australia up by 27.4%

  • New South Wales up by 21.2%

  • Australian Capital Territory up by 13.6%

Australians are feeling more upbeat about finding a job, with nearly two in three (64 per cent) saying they feel optimistic about future employment prospects.

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