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Aussies are ditching their jobs to work in this capital city

Hobart, Tasmania Australia. More interstate and overseas applicants than local job applicants are seeking employment in this city. (Source: Getty)

Hobart is the top Australian capital city that Australian workers would move interstate for, according to new figures from Seek.

In the job ad platform’s latest monthly employment report, Seek revealed that Hobart had the highest percentage of non-local applicants at 64.3 per cent during the second half of 2019.

This was followed by sunny Brisbane, at 43.6 per cent, with Adelaide coming in a close third place at 42.9 per cent.

(Source: Seek January 2020 Employment Report)

Why do Aussies want to work in Hobart?

It’s a combination of lifestyle, housing affordability and job opportunities.

Most of Hobart’s job-seekers were coming from Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Perth as well as overseas and were applying for jobs in engineering, mining and resources, information and communications technology and architecture, according to the report.

“Hobart and Brisbane allow for a comfortable change of pace in comparison to the Sydney working lifestyle,” said Seek managing director Kendra Banks.

“Housing affordability is also an added incentive, with median house prices and rent sitting predominantly lower than Sydney and Melbourne.”

Median house prices in every capital city. (Source: Domain House Price/Rental report, December 2019)
Median house rent prices in every capital city. (Source: Domain House Price/Rental report, December 2019)

The average salary of position in engineering averages at $110,000, while the average job in the resources and energy sector goes for $125,000.

“It’s no surprise that job seekers are willing to look outside their home state for employment opportunities within these sectors,” said Banks.

Now is the time to job hunt

According to Seek, now to the end of February is the most popular time for job-seekers to find new roles.

Candidate applications sit around the same level across January, February and March, with above-average job applications across these three months than about any other time of the year.

October and November ranked as job candidates’ least favourite time to job-hunt.

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