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JOBS BOOM: The $97,000-a-year industries desperate for workers

Jobs data: Three construction workers walk through the empty streets of the Sydney CBD.
There are more jobs than ever before, with some industries in more need than others. (Source: Getty)

It was a record month for job ads in February, with the amount of positions on offer over 41 per cent higher than pre-pandemic levels.

The latest SEEK Employment Report revealed job ads grew 2.2 per cent last month and 35.8 per cent over the past 12 months.

And businesses are under pressure to fill the roles, with applications per job falling 2.4 per cent.

“The Great Job Boom continues in Australia with another record month of job ads in February,” Kendra Banks, SEEK ANZ’s managing director, said.

“We have seen record job ad numbers in four out of the last five months, with the exception of the Christmas period.”

Banks said demand for talent was “stronger than ever”, soaring since pre-pandemic levels.

Industries most in need

Four of the five industry sectors were advertising at record levels in February as the construction, consumer services, industrial, and public sectors each reached 25-year highs.

The average salary for a construction worker in Australia is $97,420 per year, according to

Those who work in the industrial sector make an average annual salary of $97,500 a year.

For consumer services the average salary is around $78,000 a year and those who work in the public sector make around $97,000.

Roles in consumer services industries were responsible for the greatest monthly increase in job ads in February, with hospitality & tourism roles jumping 20.1 per cent for the month and retail & consumer products growing 12.3 per cent.

Public service roles, such as those within health care & medical, education & training, and community services & development also continued to rise by 2.2 per cent in February, which was 30.9 per cent higher than the same month last year.

“Most of our major hiring industries recorded increases in February, notably consumer-facing roles in hospitality & tourism and retail & consumer products,” Banks said.

“With international and all internal borders now open, we can expect greater mobility of workers, but whether this leads to an uptick in candidate applications is yet to be seen, and something we will be watching closely over the coming months.”

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