If you’re looking for a job in Australia, we have some good news for you.
Not only is employment growing strongly, job openings are too.
According to the latest Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) released by Australia’s Department of Employment today, the number of job openings posted online grew by 0.9% to 171,800 in June in trend terms, leaving them up 3.1% on a year earlier.
In terms of total online vacancies, they currently stand at the highest level since July 2012.
This great map showing where vacancies have increased across the country over the past year, and where they’ve fallen.
There’s plenty of light blue shadings which is yet another sign that labour market conditions are improving across most parts of the country.
In June alone, the government said that vacancies increased across all eight of the occupational groups monitored in the index, led by openings for machinery operators and drivers which increased by 1.9%.
That group also logged the largest percentage increase over the past year at 21.5%. Openings for technicians and trades workers, along with those for labourers, also grew strongly, reflecting strong residential construction activity along with an increase in public infrastructure works.
This table from the government shows the monthly and annual percentage change in vacancies by occupational group, along with the total level of openings.
And this is a similar table, only instead of looking at occupational groupings, it looks at the change in vacancy levels by state and territory.
The IVI is based on a count of online job advertisements newly lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch during a particular month.
The government says that it “does not reflect the total number of job advertisements in the labour market as it does not include jobs advertised through other online job boards, employer websites, word of mouth, in newspapers, and advertisements in shop windows”.
It also does not specify whether the vacancies are for full-time, part-time or casual staff.