Data from SEEK shows growth in the number of jobs advertised on the employment marketplace.

While figures are still down compared to the same time last year, month-on-month numbers show promise. Month-on-month growth in jobs advertised is up 39.7% across the board. Year-on-year ads remain down (52.5%).

Hospitality & tourism outperformed all other sectors, with month-on-month job ads in the industry up 138%.

“We are encouraged to see industries which were hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic rebounding at a good pace,” says Kendra Banks, managing director, SEEK ANZ. “Authorities gave businesses the green light to restart their operations, resulting in increased hiring activity. Top jobs in the sector included chefs and cooks and front of house staff.”

As with consumer spending, there’s some correlation between job ads growth and easing restrictions, although there are some anomalies.

“Looking at the states, it’s interesting to see Victorian job ads bouncing back (up 48.1% m/m) at a faster rate than New South Wales (up 31.1% m/m), despite easing restrictions at a later date and maintaining strict social isolation measures,” says Banks. “And while their state borders remained closed, Queensland is also showing signs of improvement, with job ads growing at 48.4% month-on-month.”

Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria performed best, with jobs ads for hospitality professionals up 189%, 182% and 165% respectively. Western Australia saw growth of 153% and South Australia 126%. Volumes in the Australian Capital Territory were too small to be reported, while breakdown data for the Northern Territory and Tasmania aren’t available.

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