Job ads fell 1.6 per cent from January to February this year and a whopping 12.2 per cent compared to February 2022, but some industries are still desperate for workers.
In line with the fall in job ads, applications per job also fell (down 1.8 per cent) for the first time in eight months, according to SEEK’s February Employment Report.
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“The job market remains tight when comparing to pre-COVID, but in the context of last year’s great job boom, the market has eased and candidate activity is coming back to normal levels,” SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks said.
“Both job ad volumes and applications per job ad declined from the month prior, though only marginally, and it’s important to keep in mind job ads are coming down from the very high levels of early 2022.
“Health care and medical, education and training, and community services and development were among the few industries that increased in February, with roles in aged care nursing, child care and aged and disability support among the greatest in volume and the most in demand to fill.”
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While job ads declined overall, two states and the Northern Territory recorded an increase in job ad volume in February, with the Top Endup 5 per cent, Western Australia up 1.4 per cent and Tasmania up 0.1 per cent.
In Queensland, an 11.5 per cent drop in information and communication technology roles drove a 1.5 per cent decline in total volume for the state.
In NSW, hospitality and tourism roles, which fell 4.5 per cent in the state, drove job ad levels downwards. In Victoria, a 2.6 per cent drop in trades and services job ads led to total levels declining.
Western Australia was the only state to record an increase in applications per job ad in January, with increases in applications for trades and services (7.4 per cent) and mining, resources and energy roles (9.9 per cent) resulting in the overall volume increasing by 2.1 per cent.