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Job ads continue strong growth in regional areas

Job advertisement growth over the past year was faster in regional areas than in capital cities, according to the latest data from the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI). This reflects a trend towards stronger growth in regional areas since June 2016.

Growth in job advertisements over the year to October 2018 was stronger in regional areas (up by 2.3%) than in capital cities (up by 1.1%).

Indeed, of the 10 strongest growing IVI regions, only one was a capital city region (Hobart & Southeast Tasmania).

Growth in job advertisements over the year to October 2018 was stronger in regional areas (up by 2.3%) than in capital cities (up by 1.1%).

Indeed, of the 10 strongest growing IVI regions, only one was a capital city region (Hobart & Southeast Tasmania).

Graph showing annual percentage growth in job advertisements in different regions, with Hobart and Southeast Tasmania highlighted - 16%.

While the strength of growth in regional areas is a continuation of a trend over the last couple of years, it has not always been the case. Over the three years to June 2016, job advertisement growth was far stronger in capital cities (up by 23.1%) than in regional areas (2.3%).

Labour Market Analyst Ivan Neville said that in June 2016 there was a switch towards stronger growth in regional areas and since then, job advertisements in regional areas have increased by 31.1% while job advertisements in capital cities have grown by 10%.

Chart showing percentage growth in job ads for October 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

‘It is encouraging that opportunities are growing in regional areas, particularly in Western Australia and Tasmania,’ Ivan said.

‘Over the year, these two states recorded the strongest rate of growth in job advertisements of all states and territories, with opportunities up by 17.7% in Tasmania and by 9.4% in Western Australia.

‘Furthermore, growth in job advertisements exceeded 9% in all IVI regions in the two states,’ Ivan said.

At a detailed occupational level, the largest rises in job advertisements in regional areas over the year were for Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers, Engineers, Health Diagnostic and Therapy Professionals, Medical Practitioners and Nurses, and General-Inquiry Clerks, Call Centre Workers, and Receptionists.

This reflects a diverse range of opportunities for work in regional areas.

Growth in these occupations was generally notably stronger in regional areas than capital cities.

Table showing largest occupation groups in regional areas over the past year, with Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers at the top - 10.2%.

‘While growth in job advertisements has been stronger in regional areas, capital cities still account for around 80% of all job advertisements, according to the Internet Vacancy Index.

‘It is important for people to carefully consider a range of labour market information, as well as the availability of jobs that match their particular skills when looking for jobs in any location,’ Ivan added.

Read more about the Internet Vacancy Index on the Labour Market Information Portal.


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