SEEK Employment Report- March 2024


  • Job ad volumes appear to be stabilising, rising 0.1% quarter-on-quarter (q/q), and 2.4% month-on-month (m/m).
  • Applications per job ad rose 1.7% from the month prior.*


  • All states and territories recorded an increase in ad volumes in March.
  • New South Wales recorded its largest m/m rise in two years, up 2.6%.


  • Ads for Information & Communication Technology rose for a second consecutive month, growing 5.1%
  • Only three industries recorded small declines in March: Trades & Services (-0.4%), Hospitality & Tourism (-0.6%) and Mining, Resources & Energy (-0.1%).

*Applications per job ad are recorded with a one-month lag. Data shown in this report refers to February data. 

Of the March data, Kendra Banks, Managing Director, SEEK ANZ, says: 

“Job ad levels rose 2.4% in March and have now increased quarter-on-quarter for the first time in two years.

“The broad decline we’ve observed in ad volumes since the peak of the mid-2022 jobs boom appears to be stabilising, although it’s early to be calling it a trend.

“Roles in Information & Communication Technology recorded strong growth again in March, rising 5.1%. In fact, almost all industries recorded a rise in job ads month-on-month, which has not been the case for some time.

“Over the past quarter, roles in Consumer Services have grown the most, with the greatest demand for Real Estate & Property and Retail & Consumer Products workers.”

Job ad volumes have been moderating for some time and now appear to have stabilised over the past few months, rising slightly (0.1%) quarter-on-quarter.
In March, job ad levels rose 2.4% m/m, the highest monthly increase since 2022.
Applications per job ad, which have been rising steadily for the past year, rose 1.7% m/m and are 10.4% higher quarter-on-quarter.
Figure 1: National SEEK job ad percentage change m/m March 2023 to March 2024
Figure 2: State and territory job ad growth/decline comparing March 2024 to February 2024 (m/m).
Table 1: State and territory job ad growth/decline comparing March 2024 to March 2023 (y/y).
All states and territories recorded job ad increases in March, with the two territories outpacing the rest of the country; the Australian Capital Territory grew 7.7% and Northern Territory rose 4.2%.
Ad volumes grew in Victoria for only the second time in 12 months, up 2.4% from February. A 9.7% rise in Administration & Office Support roles drove up the overall volume for the state, whereas Hospitality & Tourism jobs dropped 8.9%.
New South Wales also recorded its largest rise in volumes in two years, increasing 2.6% m/m. This was due predominantly to a 7.9% rise in ads for Accounting roles.
Applications per job ad rose in most states and territories, with Tasmania (-3%) and Western Australia (-1%) the exceptions.
Figure 3: Major state job ad trends: March 2020 to March 2024Index: 100 = 2013 avg
Aside from minor job ad volume declines in Trades & Services (0.4%), Hospitality & Tourism (-0.6%) and Mining, Resources & Energy (-0.1%), job ads in all other industries increased in March.
Increased demand for workers in Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics (3.8%) and Administration & Office Support (4.9%) were responsible for the overall rise in ad volumes.
Ads for Information & Communications Technology roles rose for the second time in as many months, up 5.1%. This is the first time the industry has recorded consecutive months of ad increases in over two years.
From a quarterly perspective the rate of decline in job ads has slowed, with most sectors recording only small changes in ad volumes q/q, compared to significantly greater decline the quarter prior.
Table 2: Quarter-on-quarter job ad growth/ decline by sector

Applications per job ad rose in almost all industries, with a 10% jump in Healthcare & Medical roles. Accounting, Retail & Consumer Products and Education & Training all saw 4% more applications per job ad in February. 


Figure 4: National SEEK Job Ad percentage change by industry (March 2024 vs February 2024) – Ordered by job ad volume


Banner photo by Anna Shvets.


The SEEK Employment Report is Australia’s leading employment index and provides a comprehensive overview of the Australian Employment Marketplace. The report includes the SEEK Employment Index (SEI) which measures only new job ads posted within the reported month to provide a clean measure of demand for labour across all classifications.


(1) The SEI may differ to the job ad count on SEEK’s website due to a number of factors including: a) seasonal adjustments applied to the SEI; b) the exclusion of duplicated job ads from the SEI; and c) the exclusion of Company Listings (included under Company Profiles) from the SEI

(2) The Covid-19 pandemic led to a high level of volatility in labour market data between April 2020 and March 2022. As a result, caution is recommended when interpreting trend estimates during this period as large month-to-month changes in variables generated multiple trend breaks

(3) The applications per ad index contains a series break at Jan 2016 when the calculation of this series changed from using gross variables (inclusive of all SEEK job listings) to net variables (removing duplicate job listings). This change has a negligible impact on recent data points, but caution is recommended when interpreting data immediately following the series break, and particularly in 2016 where growth rates have not been adjusted for the series break.

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