October saw the highest number of job ads posted in a month in more than 23 years, according to the latest Seek Employment report.
National job ads rose 10.2 per cent last month, but were 63.2 per cent higher nationally, compared to last year, and 44 per cent higher than 2019, pre-pandemic.
“In October, Seek had more jobs ads on-site than ever before,” Kendra Banks, managing director, Seek ANZ, said.
“A combination of the lifting of restrictions in our two largest employment markets - New South Wales and Victoria - along with businesses getting ready for what will hopefully be a bumper holiday period, has had a huge impact on this month’s job ad volumes.”
Industries hiring the most
As restrictions eased, job ads across all industries grew, the report found.
Customer-facing roles drove a lot of the growth, mainly in trades and services, and hospitality and tourism.
“Job ad levels rose in every industry nationally in October. Customer-facing roles are faring particularly well, with more businesses preparing for the summer holidays,” Banks said.
According to the report, some of the most in-demand jobs are those in hospitality and tourism, fitness and personal training, and retail.
“Roles for fitness and personal training, and coaching and instruction have also seen a bounce as gyms reopened,” Banks said.
“Sports and recreation roles, although a relatively small number of jobs compared to other industries, has increased by 26.5 per cent.”
Here are the types of roles most in demand within the top three sectors for October:
Trades and services with roles in automotive trades, labourers, electricians, welders and boiler makers, technicians, carpentry and cabinet making, and hair and beauty services.
Health care and medical with roles in physiotherapy, OT and rehabilitation, aged care nursing, dental, psychology, counselling and social work, and general and surgical nursing.
Hospitality and tourism includes roles for chefs and cooks, waiting staff, bar and beverage staff, management, kitchen and sandwich hands, and front office and guest services.
States hiring the most
With state borders reopening, there is the opportunity to follow the jobs around. So, which states and territories are hiring the most?
“In New South Wales, job ads increased by more than 20 per cent for the second month running, and Victoria recorded growth of 16.3 per cent,” Banks said.
“In both states, roles within hospitality and tourism led the way with a jump of 46.2 per cent in New South Wales and 123.8 per cent in Victoria.”
Skills shortage hits employers
A skills shortage poses an issue for employers around the country, with the Seek report highlighting the issue.
While job ads are higher than ever before, applications per ad were low compared to historical trends.
“One of the many factors that impact hirers who find it challenging to recruit is the very large number of open roles currently available,” Banks said.
“Despite site visits remaining high, there is still a hesitancy, particularly with customer-facing roles, with people not wanting to move jobs just yet.”
Recent Seek data found close to 30 per cent of Aussies were likely to consider changing jobs in the next six months, Banks said.
“Traditionally, the lead-up to the end of the year is not a time to switch jobs. Therefore, we expect more movement early in 2022,” she said.