Job ads on SEEK continue to boom

Christmas has come early for jobseekers, with new jobs ads on SEEK up by a whopping 16.1 per cent this October, when compared to the same period last year.

Michael Ilczynski, Managing Director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, said our October data has revealed that hirers are keen to secure new employees ahead of the busy festive season and New Year.


“Advertising on SEEK is booming, this October we saw the largest rate of annual job ad growth this year,” said Ilczynski.


“Fuelling this advertising uplift was positive growth across 28 of the 29 industries on SEEK this October.


“Nationally, for a second consecutive month, the Trades & Services industry offered the most job opportunities on SEEK, followed by Information & Communications Technology [ICT], Healthcare & Medical and Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics industries.”


Jobs advertised on SEEK this October for the top advertising Trades & Services industry, commanded an average annual salary of $64,696.

“In terms of growth, while off a low base, the Mining, Resources & Energy sector, for the tenth month in a row, recorded the largest annual growth of all industries on SEEK, up 59 per cent y/y,” Ilczynski continued.

Graph 1. Job Ad Growth across Australian industries on SEEK, October 2017 v October 2016



Strong annual advertising growth was recorded across all states and territories this October.

“In our country’s largest labour markets of New South Wales and Victoria, job ads were up 12.4 per cent y/y and 18 per cent y/y respectively. ICT was the top advertising industry in both states, followed by Trades & Services,” said Ilczynski.

“While off a lower base, South Australia recoded the largest annual growth of all states and territories, up 24.5 per cent y/y. Trades & Services offered the most job opportunities across the state, with job ads for the industry up by a solid 62 per cent y/y,” continued Ilczynski.

“The Western Australian labour market is still recovering but recorded an impressive 19.2 per cent y/y growth this October, with Trades & Services and Mining, Resources & Energy, offering the most job opportunities across the state,” added Ilczynski.

In other states and territories, job ads were up:


New job ads on SEEK for the Real Estate & Property industry rose 5 per cent y/y from August to October this year, when compared to the same months in 2016.

The fields across the industry offering the most jobs on SEEK from August to October this year were:

  1. Residential Leasing & Property Management
  2. Residential Sales Administration
  3. Body Corporate & Facilities Management

“The eastern seaboard states of NSW and Victoria offered the most job opportunities for Real Estate & Property professionals this August to October, which mirrors where demand is greatest for property,” said Ilczynski.

“Over the three years to October 2017, we’ve seen dwelling prices rise more than 20 per cent across Sydney and Melbourne.

“However, the property market has started to cool due to financial regulators clamping down on investment lending, plus there has been a number of additional taxes imposed by state governments on foreign buyers, and signs of greater restrictions on outbound Chinese investment in offshore property buying,” continued Ilczynski.

“Even so, the level of job ads are travelling at a higher level than the same period last year [August to October], and average advertised salary across the Real Estate & Property industry for the August to October period is up by 5.4 per cent y/y to $74,835, ” concluded Ilczynski.


For further information please contact:

Sarah-Lucy Rice, SEEK