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Hiring for Christmas Casuals is Flat, but Amazon is Looming

To make finding a job easier, Adzuna brings all the jobs in Australia to the one place. This means we have the most up-to-date statistics and insights on the Australian jobs market.

Here are our findings for October, 2017…

Adzuna Job Vacancy Index 

 

AUS Vacancies Monthly 12M
      Change
Vacancy Index 137,454 -0.81% 13.58%
(October17)      
Vacancy Index 138,582 -0.48% 11.79%
(September17)    

Adzuna Salary Index

AUS Average Salary Monthly 12M
      Change
Vacancy Index (October17) $90,474 0.29 2.74%
Vacancy Index (September17) $90,206 -0.05% 1.97%

The Adzuna Job Index this month shows 137,454 roles being advertised across Australia, 13.58% up year-on-year.

Additionally, September saw competition for jobs drop to 5.21 jobseekers per vacancy, the lowest point of 2017.

Part-time work beats full-time

For the first time in many many months, the Australian workforce added more part-time than full-time jobs, with a boost of 13,700 and 6,100 respectively. Over the past year 316,000 workers have found full-time employment and 55,000 Australians landed a part-time job. The part-time surge is due to additional requirements in industries including retail, healthcare, and hospitality, as we lead into Christmas.

Competition for Jobs Drops in South Australia

The number of people competing for a single role in South Australia dropped to 9, down from a high of nearly 14 earlier in the year. The healthcare industry is the biggest hirer in South Australia.

Raife Watson, CEO of Adzuna Australia commented: 

“At the pointy end of the year full-time hiring slows down and part-time hiring accelerates, with demand increasing across most sectors, in particular, hospitality and retail. I expect this trend to continue through till January.

“I anticipate that managers in industries where penalty rates have been cut will find it difficult to staff their businesses over the Christmas break. Previously, staff would jump at the chance to work on public holidays to make extra money, however, the pay cuts might dampen their Christmas spirits.

It’s interesting to note that the cuts to penalty rates do not apply to the healthcare industry. I expect penalty rates for nurses and paramedics will increase over the next five years on weekends and public holidays, as the sector tries to cope with Australia’s aging population and the consequent increase in patient numbers.”

Wage Rises

NSW, Victoria, Queensland, A.C.T, South Australia and the Northern Territory all recorded growth in average advertised salaries over the past year of 3.1, 4.1, 5.09, 10.28, 5.60% respectively.

Average advertised salaries increased 2.74% year on year, however, this is expected to increase with the sheer volume of job vacancies currently in the market.

Industry Focus – Christmas Casuals

Sector Number of Vacancies Average wage age per/hour
Retail 602 $25
Healthcare 215 $90
Hospitality 199 $27.50
Trade & Construction 102 $37
Logistics + Warehouse 86 $25
Location Number of Vacancies Average wage age per/hour
NSW 927 $36
Victoria 620 $39
Queensland 475 $44
Western Australia 185 $27
A.C.T 126 $30
South Australia 110 $25
Tasmania 40 $26

Highest Paid Christmas Workers

Profession Standard Rate Christmas Day Rate
Registered Nurse (Lvl 5) $49.85 $112.16
Ambulance Officer (Lvl 3) $24.44 $61.10
Correctional Supervisor (Lvl 2) $31.94 $70.26
Transport Worker $22.08 $55.20
Security Worker $27.30 $54.60

Toughest States to Find Work

Rank City Jobseekers
    per vacancy
1 South Australia 9.43
2 Tasmania 9.4
3 Western Australia 8.18
4 QLD 6.72

Best States to Find a Job

Rank City Jobseekers
    per vacancy
1 Canberra 2.68
2 Northern Territory 3.75
3 New South Wales 3.82
4 Victoria 5.96

National Wage Breakdown

Region Total Vacancies Average Salary Salary %
      12 Month Change
Australia 137,454 $90,474 2.74%
New South Wales 51,399 $92,828 3.10%
Victoria 34,049 $86,035 4.10%
Queensland 22,735 $92,020 5.09%
Western Australia 9,919 $84,396 -1.14%
ACT 3,809 $107,582 10.28%
South Australia 5,397 $88,082 5.60%
Tasmania 1,659 $93,005 -18.04%

Biggest Improvers – Job Sector by Average Salary

Job sector Average salary Salary % Total vacancies
    12 Month Change  
Logistics-Warehouse $63,740 9.69% 4,837
IT $121,761 4.02% 7,341
Trade & Construction $94,353 2.79% 11,048
Healthcare $125,474 1.23% 22,508

Worst Performers – Job Sector by Average Salary

Job sector Average salary Salary % Total vacancies
    12 Month Change  
Teaching $67,171 -10.89% 5,614
Sales Jobs $80,881 -5.04% 6,675
PR/Advertising $81,214 -4.44% 2,675
Hospitality $57,232 -4.32% 7,861