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Now's the time to start looking for an Australian summer job

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The best time to start looking for a summer job in Australia is now.

Businesses in Australia and New Zealand begin their search for Christmas workers in August, according to Australian data from global jobs site Indeed.

Peak hiring is between September and October. Over the past three years, December job postings in Australia have fallen by an average of 40% compared with November.

“Part-time and casual work over Christmas may traditionally be viewed as just a way for young people to earn a little pocket money,” says Callam Pickering, APAC economist at Indeed.

“However, these roles provide crucial work experience and training that can expand job seekers’ employment prospects once they complete high school or university.”

Young workers aged 15-24 account for around 15% of the Australian labour force but job opportunities have proved difficult for them over the past decade.

Youth unemployment is currently 13%, compared with an average of 9% in 2008 before the global financial crisis.

Indeed’s analysis shows retail accounts for 67% of Christmas job opportunities in Australia.

Food and sales also rank highly, followed by management, customer service and sanitation.

Christmas job postings as a share of the population aged between 16 and 24 is highest in the ACT and Northern Territory.

New South Wales ranks best among the states. In New Zealand, the Christmas jobs standout is the Bay of Plenty.

South Australia and Tasmania are the most difficult states for finding Christmas work. Opportunities in Western Australia are also few and far between as the state recovers from economic weakness that followed the end of the mining boom.

In 2016, the Christmas job market in Australia was relatively weak compared with earlier years.

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