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Job seekers active despite ad drop

Australia experienced a slight decrease in job advertisements of 0.6 per cent in March compared to the previous month of February. 

Despite this, employers were met with an increase in applicants applying for job vacancies. This is a positive trend indicating that job seekers are actively looking for new opportunities in the job market. 

However, when compared to the same month in the previous year, the job postings in March decreased significantly by 15.7 per cent. This indicates a continued reduction in job availability in Australia over the past year, possibly due to various factors such as the pandemic and economic instability. 

According to the latest report by employment marketplace SEEK, the decrease in job ads in March was mainly driven by the Hospitality and Tourism sector, which saw a decrease of 5.5 per cent in job postings. Following closely behind was the accounting sector, with a decrease of 2.2 per cent in job postings.

The sharp decline in job postings within these sectors points to the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the Australian job market, particularly in industries that are heavily impacted by pandemic-related restrictions. However, the increase in job applicants presents a glimmer of hope for job seekers, indicating a level of resilience in the workforce.

Employers will need to remain adaptable and innovative in their recruitment strategies to attract and retain the best talent in this competitive job market.

Kendra Banks, Managing Director ANZ at SEEK, commented on the state of the job market in Australia, noting that job ad volumes fell slightly in March.

“Banks attributed this decline mainly to drops in Sydney and Melbourne but highlighted that job ads in regional areas actually rose in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.

Despite the dip in job ads, Banks noted that job ad volumes remain higher than pre-pandemic levels. She pointed out that workers are particularly in demand in the Education & Training, Trades & Services, and Healthcare & Medical industries.

“We expect to see the year-on-year comparisons decline further as we are now comparing against the peak of 2022’s Great Job Boom,” Banks said.

This indicates that the job market in Australia may continue to face challenges in the coming months. However, there is a glimmer of hope, as applications per job ad rose 4.0 per cent in February, gradually moving closer to pre-pandemic levels.

This suggests that job seekers are becoming more active in their search for new opportunities, which could potentially lead to a more dynamic job market.

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Yajush Gupta

Yajush Gupta

Yajush is a journalist at Dynamic Business. He previously worked with Reuters as a business correspondent and holds a postgrad degree in print journalism.

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