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Adzuna Job Report: Jobs & Salary in City VS Regional Australia

The data team at Adzuna Australia, the website with more live job roles than any other employment platform in Australia, examined the following data to compare the jobs market in Sydney & Melbourne VS regional NSW & Victoria:

  • The number of live job roles across all sectors in Sydney & Melbourne VS regional NSW & Victoria
  • The number of job seekers per job vacancy: City VS Regional
  • The differences in salary for job sectors in Sydney & Melbourne compared to the most populated regional towns of Newcastle (NSW) and Geelong (VIC).

Here are the findings.

Job Seekers Per Job Vacancy Sydney VS Rest of NSW

Total unemployed Current jobs Job seekers per job vacancy
Sydney 146,500 40,451 3.6
Rest of NSW 79,600 9,857 8.0

 

Live Job Roles: Sydney VS Rest of NSW

Sector Rest of NSW Sydney % in Sydney
Healthcare 2,596 4,057 60.98%
Finance 197 3,829 95.11%
Trade & Construction 909 4,112 81.90%
IT 129 2,683 95.41%
Sales 487 2,474 83.55%
Teaching 250 887 78.01%
Engineering 230 1,615 87.53%
HR 324 1,633 83.44%
Hospitality 323 1,355 80.75%
Administration 281 1,734 86.05%

Difference in Salary by sector: Sydney VS Newcastle

Sector Newcastle Sydney % Difference
Healthcare $122,688 $104,364 17.56%
IT $88,680 $115,830 -23.44%
Finance $84,500 $90,020 -6.13%
Trade & Construction $68,481 $105,845 -35.30%
Admin $65,381 $65,899 -0.79%
Sales $79,500 $87,629 -9.28%

Key Findings Sydney VS Regional NSW

  • 3.6 job seekers compete for a job vacancy in Sydney, compared with 8.0 job seekers competing for a job vacancy in regional NSW.
  • 82% of trade and construction jobs in NSW are in the Sydney region
  • Trade and construction workers will earn 35% less working in Newcastle ($68,481) compared to Sydney ($105,845.)
  • Healthcare is the sole industry where workers can expect a higher salary in regional NSW, $122,688, compared to Sydney at $104,364. (This can be explained by the much higher rates of pay for locum doctors in regional Australia.

Job Seekers Per Job Vacancy Melbourne VS Rest of VIC

Total unemployed Current jobs Job seekers per job vacancy
Melbourne 160,000 26,047 6.1
Rest of VIC 45,700 4,371 10.4

Live Job Roles: Melbourne VS Rest of VIC

Total unemployed Current jobs Job seekers per job vacancy
Melbourne 160,000 26,047 6.1
Rest of VIC 45,700 4,371 10.4

Difference in Salary by sector: Melbourne VS Geelong

Sector Geelong Melbourne % Difference
Healthcare $103,532 $89,715 15.40%
IT $65,000 $115,007 -43.48%
Finance $70,000 $84,577 -17.24%
Trade & Construction $91,000 $96,029 -5.24%
Admin $50,000 $64,706 -22.73%
Sales $67,500 $85,067 -20.65%


Key Findings Melbourne VS Regional VIC

  • 6.1 job seekers compete for a job vacancy in Melbourne, compared with 10.4 job seekers competing for the same role in regional Victoria.
  • 92% of trade and construction jobs in Victoria are in the Melbourne region
  • 90% of sales jobs in Victoria are in the Melbourne region
  • Finance workers will earn 17% less working in Geelong, $70,000, compared to Melbourne at $84,577.
  • Healthcare is the sole industry where workers can expect a higher salary in regional VIC, $103,532, compared to Melbourne at $89,715. (This can be explained by the much higher rates of pay for locum doctors in regional Australia.)

Adzuna Australia CEO Raife Watson said: “Just hours out of Sydney in areas like the Illawarra, Newcastle and Riverina, job vacancies are scarce and competition for roles is fierce. 

The salary levels in all job sectors, with the exception of healthcare, is dramatically lower in regional NSW compared to Sydney. Yes, the cost of living is lower in regional Australia, but the salary disparity compared to our capital cities still leaves a considerable shortfall for those living outside metropolitan areas.”