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Jobs Report: Decline in childcare jobs show an industry that is struggling

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 January…

Adzuna Job Vacancy Index

AUS Vacancies Monthly 12M
Change
Vacancy Index 113,328 2.53% 1.59%
(January)

 

 

Adzuna Average Salary Index

AUS Average Salary Monthly 12M
Change
Vacancy Index (January) $91,492 -1.52% 9.13%

The Adzuna Job Index this month shows 113,328 roles being advertised across Australia, 1.59% up year-on-year.

403,100 jobs were added to the Australian jobs market in 2017. 303,400 of those were full-time roles and 99,700 were part-time.

Competition for jobs looks good

6.31 job seekers are competing for each live vacancy Australia-wide. Year on year jobs per vacancy show a slight improvement for job seekers.

Job sector Average salary Salary % Total vacancies
12 Month Change
Legal $77,042 -2.51% 2,518
Customer Service $55,894 -1.94% 1,611
Consultancy $110,205 -1.99% 1,581
Teaching $70,142 -0.86% 4,692

WA usurps SA as toughest place to find work

10.79 job seekers compete for each position in Western Australia, compared to South Australia at 10.77.

The A.C.T and NSW are the best places to look for work, with 2.72 and 4.76 job seekers competing for each role respectively.

Raife Watson, CEO of Adzuna Australia commented: 

In 2017, we saw the highest number of jobs added to the economy in over a decade. As a result, we should be seeing a strong increase in job advertisements in the childcare sector.

We are seeing the opposite. Enrolments in childcare have declined this year, and the flow on effect is fewer jobs in the industry.

With the high costs of childcare in Australia, it makes more financial sense for many parents to stay at home and care for their children. More needs to be done to give Australian families every opportunity to enter the workforce and plan for their futures.

Wage Rises

Despite Australians suffering through record low wage growth at 1.9%, average advertised salaries increased year-on-year across every state and territory.

Average advertised salaries are 9.13% higher in January 2018, compared to January 2017.

Industry Focus – Childcare

Decline in jobs advertised in the childcare sector show an industry that is struggling.

Year-on-year, jobs in childcare have declined 30% Australia-wide.

Job vacancies increased across major industries including healthcare, IT, finance, and engineering. Vacancies in trades and construction soared almost 20%.

Australia’s largest economies, Sydney and Melbourne, recorded decreases in childcare vacancies of 31% and 40% respectively.

An ABS report into barriers to work (2017) found that for around 159,000 women who wanted to start work or work more hours, the primary barrier is access to childcare and the high cost involved. This was an increase of 19 percent when comparing 2014-2015.

A survey by Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) – an established industry body for childhood education – revealed 70% of their members had reported a fall in enrolments this year compared to 2017.

The CELA survey found fees were increasing, with 40% of centres conceding they had to raise prices to cover their costs due to falling enrolments.



Worst states to find a job

Rank City Jobseekers
per vacancy
1 Western Australia 10.79
2 South Australia 10.77
3 Tasmania 9.24
4 QLD 8.08

Best states to find a job

Rank City Jobseekers
per vacancy
1 Canberra 2.72
2 New South Wales 4.76
3 Northern Territory 5.32
4 Victoria 6.88

National wage breakdown

Region Total Vacancies Average Salary Salary %
12 Month Change
Australia 113,328 $91,492 9.13%
New South Wales 40,531 $94,041 9.07%
Victoria 29,085 $86,809 10.27%
Queensland 18,999 $89,281 5.99%
Western Australia 8,119 $86,354 6.98%
ACT 3,306 $106,871 16.96%
South Australia 4,789 $95,217 24.64%
Tasmania 1,688 $87,164 10.13%
Northern Territory 1,271 $82,453 15.84%

Biggest improvers – job sector by average salary

Job sector Average salary Salary % Total vacancies
12 Month Change
Healthcare $144,646 17.51% 15,530
IT $124,112 10.02% 6,116
Logistics-Warehouse $63,217 7.78% 3,475
PR-Advertising $86,553 5.58% 2,055

Worst performers – job sector by average salary

Job sector Average salary Salary % Total vacancies
12 Month Change
Legal $77,042 -2.51% 2,518
Customer Service $55,894 -1.94% 1,611
Consultancy $110,205 -1.99% 1,581
Teaching $70,142 -0.86% 4,692