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SEEK Employment Report 2020

National SEEK Job Ad percentage change by industry (June 2020 vs May 2020)

Since the beginning of March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has had an extreme impact on the job market. For the foreseeable future, the SEEK Employment Report will feature relevant month-on-month and year-on-year job ad data.

The July 2020 report focuses on month-on-month data on job market, which offers a clearer picture as to how the job market is evolving and recovering from the pandemic.

National SEEK Job Ad percentage change by state (June 2020 vs May 2020)

Overview of June 2020:

State of the nation:

  • SEEK job ads are up by 41.5% month on month
  • SEEK job ads are down 32.8% year on year
  • The sectors making the largest contribution to month-on-month job ad growth are: Trades & Services (51%), Healthcare & Medical (34%) and Hospitality & Tourism (80%)

State of the states

  • All states saw a rebound in job ads across the month, but continue to be down from year-on-year volumes
  • State growth: TAS (63.4%), VIC (44.5%), QLD (42.4%), NSW (41.9%), SA (39.8%), WA (36.7%), NT (29.2%), ACT (8.9%) month-on-month

State of the nation: Job ads

The latest SEEK employment data shows a 41.5% month-on-month growth in jobs advertised.

The industries contributing most significantly to month-on-month job ad growth are Trades & Services (51%), Healthcare & Medical (34%) and Hospitality & Tourism (80%).

Kendra Banks, Managing Director, SEEK ANZ comments: “June employment data showed positive job ad growth for all states and territories. New South Wales job ad volumes were up 41.9% in June when compared to May, and we saw more opportunities for
jobseekers in the Sydney metropolitan area and surrounding regions than we have seen for some time.

“Queensland also tracked well in June, with job ad volumes up 42.4% month-on-month. Areas such as the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast showed strong employment opportunities across a range of industries including Hospitality & Tourism (up 70%), Trades & Services (up 33%) and Healthcare & Medical (up 19%) month-on-month.

“While June was the second month of continuous month-on-month job ad growth for the nation, the recent restrictions in Victoria have meant that we’re seeing job ad volumes begin to slow in the state.”

State of the industry sectors

SEEK data continues to show a correlation between the easing of restrictions and growth in jobs advertised.

Top industry sectors by state and volume percentage growth (June 2020 vs May 2020)

Trades & Services made the strongest contribution to job ad growth in June, up 51% month-on-month. Top jobs for the sector included automotive trades, labourers, electricians, welders and boilermakers, and hair and beauty services.

This was followed by Healthcare & Medical, which was up by 34% month-on-month, and should come as no surprise, as the industry has performed well throughout the pandemic. Roles such as physiotherapy, nursing (aged care and general medical), dental, psychology, counselling and social work, medical administration and general practitioners were in demand throughout the month.

Hospitality & Tourism also made a strong contribution to job ad volumes, up 80% month-on-month in June. All states and territories showed growth in this sector as governments eased restrictions and allowed the industry to reopen, albeit in a limited capacity. Top jobs included chefs and cooks, wait staff and bar and beverage staff.

Kendra Banks, Managing Director, SEEK ANZ comments: “The Hospitality and Tourism sector has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as businesses were forced to either close or limit their operations. An 80% increase in job ad volume in June should come as welcome news for job seekers in the industry, however we expect this growth to be short-lived in metropolitan Melbourne as the state re-entered lockdown in early July.”

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