Are you looking to make your next career move? Now may be the time to polish up your resume - there were even more opportunities for candidates on SEEK in April.
The latest data from SEEK Employment Trends shows opportunities rose by 6.6% year-on-year and the good news continued for candidates in Western Australia, which saw a lift for the seventh consecutive month. Candidates in Queensland will also be pleased to know their state recorded growth in April, up 8.8% year on year.
The latest data from SEEK Employment Trends shows opportunities rose by 6.6% year-on-year and the good news continued for candidates in Western Australia, which saw a lift for the seventh consecutive month.
“Job ads on SEEK across Queensland rose 8.8 per cent year on year this April. This advertising growth comes after a slight dip in March [down 2 per cent month on month] as a result of the effects of Cyclone Debbie and the timing of Easter,” revealed Ilczynski.
The Mining, Resources and Energy industry led the way in April with job prospects increasing by 55% year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $110, 594. Stephen Veness, Group Manager of Projects and Operations at Davidson Recruitment, says the sector is experiencing growth. “We are seeing some positive signs in the energy market in particular,” he says. “The renewable energy sector has picked up some strong momentum in the last few months while the resources space in general has been stable and confidence is slowly beginning to return to the market.”
Australia’s Construction industry also continued its strong performance with opportunities up by 5% year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $108,547. “The amount of money that’s being spent on infrastructure in NSW and Victoria alone is being passed down through the economy into other sectors,” says Mark Smith, managing director of recruitment firm People2People.
Opportunities across the Trades and Services industry also rose by 4% year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $63,605. Meanwhile, the Engineering sector increased by 12% and the average advertised salary was $104,258.
Senior executives will also be pleased to know their prospects increased in April - CEO and General Management grew by 6% year-on-year. “This may indicate an increase in general business confidence,” says Smith. “If you're at the top of the company and things are going well and you've got a proven track record of improvement, that's often the best time for you to make a move.”
A slip in some sectors
Although opportunities in Accounting were down by 10% year-on-year, Smith says the industry is performing well, particularly when it comes to contract roles. “Demand for contract accountant has been strong,” he says. “Permanent roles have also remained solid, although not quite as strong.” The average advertised salary for the industry in April was $84,775.
Prospects in the Call Centre and Customer Service industry were also down by 10% and the average advertised salary was $58,448. “This time last year we saw less offshoring and people were bringing their centres and customer service back into the Australian marketplace, so there was a lot of activity,” explains Smith. “This may have flattened out somewhat, however we’re still seeing good demand.”
Banking and Financial Services was down by 14% year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $89,685. “It seems like a long time ago, but the broader finance industry is still going through a readjustment from the GFC,” explains Dylan White, Senior Partner with recruitment firm Denovo.
How did your state perform?
While Queensland has seen moderate levels of growth relative to the past five years, there has been an upward trend in opportunities in the Sunshine State over the past four months.
Veness says a pick up in the state’s mining industry has also been a promising sign for candidates. “Mining in Queensland has seen some positive activity in recent months while the gas markets continue to evolve to meet export demands,” he says. “The low base will make the uplift seem more significant, however, after such a lull, the growth is positive.”
If you’re a candidate in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, you’ll be pleased to know these states are experiencing high levels of growth relative to the past five years. While NSW, Northern Territory and ACT have also seen high levels relative to the same period, the trend has been quite flat over the past four months.
Although opportunities remain weak in WA relative to the past five years, there has been a promising upward trend in recent months.
Words of advice
While it’s important to research a company before applying a role, have you ever considered that a potential employer may be researching you too? Smith says it’s common for employers to look at a candidate’s social media profile, so it pays to review your online presence. “Think about you’re putting on Facebook for everyone to see and make sure that your professional profiles are up-to-day.”
White also recommends targeting your resume and cover letter to each role you’re applying for and to include tangible achievements. “So many of the resumes I see are vaguely written when it comes to key outcomes,” he says. “If you’re applying for a role in Sales or Marketing, for example, include a summary of key outcomes, key wins, achievements against targets or return on investment. Employers want to see that you can deliver clear results.”
With even more opportunities for you on SEEK in April, now is the time to focus on your achievements so employers can clearly see why you’re the best candidate for the job.