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January Job Market Report: Competition for jobs spikes

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

Adzuna Average Salary Index

Key Points

Salary: Average advertised salaries are flat year-on-year, with a mild increase of +1% to $94,044.

Job Vacancies: Job advertisements dropped sharply in January, down 12.4% from December. We expect to see a strong increase leading into February.

Competition: Competition for jobs has increased sharply to 6.00 job seekers per vacancy, up from 5.30 in December.

Western Australia: Western Australia has usurped South Australia as the toughest state to find a job, with 10.88 job seekers competing for each job.

Six-month change in jobseekers per vacancy


Worst states to find a job


Best states to find a job

National wage breakdown

Best Performer:

  • The Engineering industry recorded strong salary growth of 5% year-on-year to reach an average advertised salary of $112,651.


  • The highest paying job in Engineering is a Director of Engineering position at a solar farm in Melbourne, Victoria, which pays a yearly salary of $180,000.


  • The top three hirers for Engineers in Australia are Hitachi, Downer, and AECOM.


Adzuna CEO Raife Watson said:

“It is worth noting the highest paying position on Adzuna is for a highly experienced engineer in the renewable energy sector.

“I expect to see jobs spanning multiple disciplines increasing sharply over the next few years in renewables, especially as we transition away from coal energy,” Watson said.