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The latest SEEK Employment Report showed that it’s good to be an educator. Job ad growth in industries related to public service continues to outperform other sectors, this includes Education and Training (+11.9%), Healthcare & Medical (+3.7%) and Government & Defence (+2.3%).

Education & Training topped the list in April 2019 for sectors showing the most growth. Within this, roles for Tertiary Teaching (+33%) saw the greatest growth, followed by Secondary Teaching (+21.1%), Early Childhood (+13.7%) and Childcare and Outside School Hours (+10.5%).

The data showed a decline of 8.9% in jobs advertised compared to April 2018 but the average advertised salary across Australia rose 4.1% year on year.

Kendra Banks, Managing Director, SEEK ANZ said: “From 2014, we saw consistent growth in job ads which reached a ten-year peak in April 2018. Due to a range of factors, including easing of the macroeconomic conditions, the rate of job ad growth has cooled since April 2018. This combined with the perfect storm of public holidays, with ANZAC Day and Easter seeing many employees taking increased annual leave and the upcoming election, resulted in April 2019 job ad figures being notably down year on year.”

“Education & Training and Healthcare & Medical are less susceptible to economic cycles as these sectors are on a long run structural uptrend. The uptrend is fuelled by population growth, international student demand and greater industry demand for qualifications. This means these sectors are likely to top the leaderboard during periods of softening economic growth.” Banks said.

Four sectors showing job ad growth.

Education & Training +11.9%

Healthcare & Medical +3.7%

Mining, Resources & Energy +3.1%

Government & Defence +2.3%

Salaries
Despite the slowdown in job ads, the average advertised salary across Australia in April was up +4.1% on last year. We continue to see strong growth in salaries across Queensland (+4.6%), NSW (+4.5%) and WA (+4.2%), with all states showing an increase.

State of the nation
Overview of April 2019 (vs. April 2018):
• SEEK job ads are down by 8.9
• Average advertised salary is up by 4.1
• The four industries positively contributing to the job ad volume include: Education & Training, Healthcare & Medical, Mining, Resources & Energy and Government & Defence

State of the states
• All states showing a decline in job ad volume except Australian Capital Territory (+10.1%)\
• Healthcare & Medical is the main growth driver in NSW and QLD, with Education & Training leading the charge in VIC and SA


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