New job ads posted in August increased at the slowest rate since March, 2017, new data from employment listing group Seek shows.
The number of job advertisements posted in August was just 5.4 per cent higher than the same time a year ago, Seek’s employment report shows.
Resource and mining jobs showed the highest demand, jumping 29 per cent compared to the same time last year, with double-digit growth also recorded in healthcare, hospitality and tourism, trade and services, and community services and development.
The data comes as the Australian Bureau of Statistics released August labour force figures showing the nation’s jobless rate held steady at a seasonally adjusted 5.3 per cent, in line with July’s result.
The number of jobs added was 44,000, well above the forecast 18,000.
Seek’s managing director Kendra Banks said in a statement on Thursday that although growth in new job ads had slowed overall, the data showed demand for labour remained strong among large employers.
“We are still seeing jobs growth well above the national average in some of our biggest employing sectors, pointing to a healthy and stable job market for Australia’s crucial industries,” Ms Banks said.
The medical and healthcare sector is the biggest employment provider in the country, accounting for 13 per cent of the workforce.
Seek says advertised healthcare jobs increased 12 per cent year-on-year, driven by a 22 per cent jump in demand for nurses, particularly in aged care.
Australia’s ageing population has led the federal government to warn of a national nursing shortage by 2025.
But Department of Education data shows the opposite has been true for the last 12 months, Seek says, with more candidates than jobs available and a future supply supported by a six per cent increase in domestic nursing students enrolling in courses every year between 2010 and 2016.
States with the largest number of nursing job adverts include Tasmania, up 30 per cent, South Australia and New South Wales.