April marked the fourth consecutive month of job ad growth in Australia, rising 2.9 per cent nationally, according to new data.
The latest SEEK employment report found that, despite a record amount of job ads, applications per ad fell for the third consecutive month, dropping 7.6 per cent.
Despite the combination of Easter and Anzac Day public holidays resulting in a short working month - which would usually result in a slowdown in hiring activity - there were more job ads than ever before posted to SEEK in April.
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Job ads in April were a massive 22.5 per cent higher than the same time last year.
“We would traditionally expect a decline in job ad growth over the Easter period, yet this year continues to buck all trends, with job ads again reaching record levels,” SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks said.
“Applications per job ad remain significantly lower than pre-COVID however, making it even more important to understand what workers are thinking and feeling.”
Banks said SEEK research found candidates’ feelings of optimism in their job prospects and control over their working lives was higher than ever.
“The research also showed that while candidates are not actively looking to apply, visits to seek.com.au remain strong and more are monitoring the market than ever before,” she said.
“This positive outlook indicates a renewed perspective on work for candidates, though it is not yet translating into applications for the many jobs available in the market.”
Industries desperate for workers
All industries recorded a rise in job ads, compared to the same time last year.
These industries saw the biggest monthly increase in job ads:
Government and Defence - up 7.5 per cent
Call centre and customer service - up 5 per cent
Administration and office support - up 4.8 per cent
Science and technology - up 4.7 per cent
Human resources and recruitment - up 4.4 per cent
Community services and development - up 4.2 per cent
Some of these sectors pay the big bucks, with those in Defence receiving an average salary of $99,500.
Office support workers make on average $75,858 a year, while those in human resources and recruitment can make up to $128,312 a year.