A report from the Australian Government’s Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) has found the number of online job advertisements has risen for the fifth consecutive month, with the largest increase for machinery operators and drivers.
The report found that in February 2017, job advertisements increased in four states, with the biggest increase in South Australia (up by 1.3 per cent). This was followed by Western Australia, which increased 1.1 per cent and Tasmania, which rose 0.6 per cent.
The biggest falls were in Victoria and the Northern Territory, both reducing by 0.3 per cent.
Over the year to February 2017, job advertisements were the strongest for machinery operators and drivers, up by 13.1 per cent – the equivalent to 990 job advertisements. This was followed by technicians and trades workers, which rose by 4.6 per cent and labourers, which rose by 3.1 per cent.
More specifically, the largest increases in job advertisements were recorded for automotive and engineering trades workers (up by 1050), followed by engineers (up by 870). It also included mobile plant operators, which rose by 410 advertisements.
Over the year to February 2017, the number of job advertisements increased the most in South Australia (up by 13.5 per cent), however the number of job advertisements are still 24 per cent below the level recorded five years ago.
Increases were also recorded in the ACT, up by 5.8 per cent and Victoria and Queensland, which both received a 2.6 per cent increase.
There are also positive signs in Western Australia, with job advertisements increasing 7.7 per cent (970 advertisements) over the past five months after reaching a record low of 12,5000 job advertisements in September 2016.