The number of jobs being advertised across Australia jumped by almost 11 per cent in May compared to the same time last year, a new survey has found.
Job listings group SEEK’s latest survey shows the increase of 10.7 per cent was largely driven by more demand for workers in mining, government and community services.
The job ads increase comes as Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Thursday shows the national jobless rate fell to 5.4 per cent in May, with employment growing by 12,000 jobs
SEEK’s suvery shows the mining, resources and energy sector recording the largest increase in positions vacant – albeit on a small overall number of workers compared to other sectors – with ads up 34 per cent since last May.
Government and defence was recorded the next-best improvement with a 29 per cent increase and community services showed the third-largest growth with 26 per cent more ads compared to a year ago.
SEEK says advertised mining jobs have steadily increased since 2016, after the mining boom ended around four years earlier.
Although the sector is the third-largest contributor to the Australian economy, it only employs around 1.8 per cent of the national workforce with around a quarter of a million workers.
Kendra Banks, managing director of SEEK in Australia and New Zealand, says the national roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was partly responsible for the large increase in the community services industry.
‘The growth in community service and development sector continues to be driven by roles in aged care and disability support as the NDIS is rolled out across the country,’ she said.
Some industries saw a decrease in job ads, with real estate and advertising, arts and media vacancies both dropping by nine per cent, while jobs in the retail sector were down by 5 per cent.
Ms Banks said continued job cuts across the nation’s media landscape were having an ongoing impact on the industry.
Job ads in advertising, arts and media had decreased in every month this year except April, Ms Banks said, and the trend was likely to continue.