Hospitality and tourism workers are in high demand despite state border closures and a looming recession.
Job ads site Seek has revealed where the available work is, amid government forecasts of double-digit unemployment in 2020 for the first time since the early 1990s.
In the final fortnight of May, the number of advertised positions surged nationally by 49.2 per cent compared with April.
Queensland had the biggest job ads increase of 62.5 per cent, followed by Tasmania on 62.2 per cent and South Australia on 59.1 per cent even though those states remain closed to the rest of Australia.
The Australian Capital Territory covering Canberra posted the smallest job ads increase of 23.9 per cent in a city where the public service is the main employer.
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With coronavirus restrictions last month eased, demand for hospitality and tourism staff soared in May by 239 per cent across Australia, Seek job ads data showed. New South Wales (Sydney’s Pyrmont Hotel, pictured on June 1, 2020) had an even bigger 276 per cent increase in a state where the borders have remained open to the rest of Australia
Hospitality and tourism
With coronavirus restrictions eased last month, demand for hospitality and tourism staff soared by 238.5 per cent across Australia.
New South Wales had an even bigger 276 per cent increase in a state where the borders have remained open to the rest of Australia.
Victoria, an equally open state, enjoyed a similar 255 per cent increase.
Interestingly, Western Australia saw a 186 per cent increase in demand for hospital and tourism workers, despite its state border remaining closed.
Nationally, the number of advertised jobs for sales staff surged by 166.5 per cent in May, with Victoria enjoying an even bigger 172 per cent increase.
Jobs associated with retail and consumer products rose by 140 per cent Australia-wide.
Advertised positions in the education and training area rose by 125.1 per cent. NSW saw an even bigger increase of 169 per cent, in a state that has reopened its classrooms. Pictured is a teacher with pupils at Homebush West Public School in Sydney’s west on May 25, 2020
This occurred despite a record 17.7 per cent plunge in retail sales during April, which followed a record 8.5 per cent spike in March during the early stages of the coronavirus lockdowns.
Where the job ads rose
Queensland: UP 62.5 per cent
Tasmania: UP 62.2 per cent
South Australia: UP 59.1 per cent
Victoria: UP 58 per cent
Northern Territory: UP 57.5 per cent
Western Australia: UP 43.6 per cent
New South Wales: UP 39.9 per cent
Australian Capital Territory: UP 23.9 per cent
Australia: UP 49.2 per cent
Source: Seek job ads for May 18 – 31, 2020 compared with April 2020
Trades and services
Demand also rose for someone to fix something around the home with trades and services jobs up by 76 per cent.
Queensland saw an even bigger increase of 98 per cent, with Victoria also having an above-average increase of 92 per cent.
Education and training
Advertised positions in the education and training area rose by 125.1 per cent.
NSW saw an even bigger increase of 169 per cent, in a state that has reopened its classrooms.
With a recession on the economic horizon, for the first time in almost three decade, not all jobs saw in increase in demand.
Insurance and superannuation job ads plunged by 10.3 per cent in May while mining, resources and energy jobs fell by 1.3 per cent.
Mining-rich Western Australia, the home of lucrative iron ore exports to China, saw its overall job ads rise by a weaker-than-average 43.6 per cent.
WA is more exposed to China, Australia’s biggest export market for iron ore.
In April, Australian iron ore exports fell by $1billion as overall goods exports dropped by 3.5 per cent, Australian Bureau of Statistics international trade data released on Thursday showed.
A reduction in export volumes saw a 1.3 per cent fall in the number of mining, resources and energy job advertisements in May. Pictured is a Rio Tinto haulage truck in Western Australia’s Pilbara region
Seek managing director Kendra Banks said it was still too early to declare a coronavirus recovery in the labour market.
COVID-19 labour market at a glance
Unemployment: it surged from 5.2 per cent in March to 6.2 per cent in April – the highest since September 2015
Number unemployed climbed by 104,500 to 823,300
In April, 489,800 people left the labour force, which meant 594,300 either lost their job or gave up looking for one
Underemployment soared by 4.9 percentage points to record 13.7 per cent
Tally of underemployed Australians surged by 603,300 to 1.8million
Participation rate plunged by an unprecedented 2.4 percentage points to 63.5 per cent
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
‘As we head into June, we traditionally see a slowing of job ad posting due to the end of the financial year with a boost in July and August when budgets are reset,’ she said.
‘It will be interesting to see if the easing of restrictions, the economic measures put in place by the government and the new financial year translates to more jobs advertised in July.’
Australia’s economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the March quarter, marking the first contraction since early 2011, as a result of the summer bushfires and the COVID-19 restrictions.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Wednesday confirmed Australia’s economy was likely to already be in recession, something that hasn’t occurred since 1991, with the official national accounts data for the June quarter likely to also show a gross domestic product contraction.
His Treasury department and the Reserve Bank of Australia are both forecasting a 10 per cent jobless rate by the end of June, a level unseen since April 1994.
The national unemployment rate soared from 5.2 per cent in March to a five-year high of 6.2 per cent in April, as 489,800 people left the labour market in despair as another 104,500 people joined the ranks of the officially unemployed.
This occurred as state governments closed non-essential businesses, from pubs and clubs to gyms and cinemas, in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Insurance and superannuation job ads plunged by 10.3 per cent in May. Pictured is a stock image
In the final fortnight of May, the number of advertised positions surged nationally by 49.2 per cent compared with April