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Sydney, Mar 21, 2019 AEST (ABN Newswire) - The latest SEEK (ASX:SEK) (OTCMKTS:SKLTY) Employment Report showed a decline in job advertising of 3.6% compared to February 2018. However, the average advertised salary across Australia rose 3.2% year on year.


- Overview of February 2019 (vs February 2018):

o SEEK jobs ads are down by 3.6%

o Average advertised salary up by 3.2%

- Top five industries driving job ad growth nationally are Government & Defence, Healthcare & Medical, Education & Training, Community Services & Development and Mining, Resources & Energy.


- Tasmania (+4.7%) and Western Australia (+3.7%) continue to show the strongest y/y growth in new job ads

- All states and territories saw y/y advertised salary growth above 3%, with the Northern Territory and South Australia leading (4.7% and 4.9% respectively)


Kendra Banks, Managing Director, SEEK ANZ comments: "Whilst overall job advertising is down year on year, large employing industries including Healthcare and Medical as well as Government and Defence continue to perform strongly - creating employment opportunities across the country. Information & Communications Technology, although down during February, over the past 12 months as a whole we have seen 8.1% growth.

Table 1: Top five contributing industries to job ad growth by volume compared to February 2018

Government & Defence                        17.3%
Healthcare & Medical                          11%
Education & Training                         8.9%
Community Services & Development            10.9%
Mining, Resources & Energy                  10.2% 

"A trend continuing in to 2019 is the labour force demand in the public sector, particularly for Community Services and Healthcare & Medical candidates. Both have been driven by an increasing ageing population with job opportunities rising across Nursing Aged Care and Age Support workers. Positions within these industries are ever-evolving and are diverse in the skills and experience hirers require from candidates."

While several industries experienced steady growth in February, a decline occurred in job ads for Design & Architecture (-20.4 %), Real Estate & Property (-15.8%) and Construction (-14.2%).

With the exception of Tasmania (+4.7%) and Western Australia (+3.7%) which continue to grow, all other states witnessed a drop in job ad volume.

"We have seen a slowdown in job advertising which has been driven by a number of factors including a decline in demand for workers in real-estate and construction, business and consumer confidence and the upcoming election. We will be interested to see if the growth in the other major employing industries along with the commencement of large infrastructure projects creates enough employment opportunities to offset this decline", said Kendra.

Interestingly, SEEK data suggests that the rise in average advertised salary at a national level is driven by a change in the mix of job ads, where lower paying jobs are declining at a faster rate than higher paying jobs.

About the SEEK Employment Report

The SEEK Employment Report provides a comprehensive overview of the Australian Employment Marketplace. The report includes the SEEK Employment Index (SEI), which is the first Australia aggregate indicator to measure the interaction between labour market supply and labour market demand.

It also includes the SEEK New Job Ad Index which measures only new job ads posted within the reported month to provide a clean measure of demand for labour across all classifications.

SEEK's total job ad volume (not disclosed in this report) includes duplicated job advertisements and refreshed job ads. As a result, the SEEK New Job Ad Index does not always match the movement in SEEK's total job ad volume.

Disclaimer: The Data should be viewed and regarded as standalone information and should not be aggregated with any other information whether such information has been previously provided by SEEK Limited, ("SEEK"). The Data is given in summary form and whilst care has been taken in its preparation, SEEK makes no representations whatsoever about its completeness or accuracy. SEEK expressly bears no responsibility or liability for any reliance placed by you on the Data, or from the use of the Data by you. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately.

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About SEEK Limited

SEEK Limited (ASX:SEK) (OTCMKTS:SKLTY) is a diverse group of companies, comprised of a strong portfolio of online employment, educational, commercial and volunteer businesses. SEEK operates across 18 countries with exposure to over 2.9 billion people and approximately 26 per cent of GDP. SEEK makes a positive contribution to people's lives on a global scale. SEEK is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, where it is a top 100 company with a market capitalisation close to A$6billion and has been listed in the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies Globally by Forbes, and Number One in Australia.



Andy Maxey
Senior Public Relations Specialist
SEEK Australia & New Zealand
T: +61-3-8517-4462
E: amaxey@seek.com.au

Jayne Ellis
Account Director
T: +61-2-9281-3933
E: jayne.ellis@adhesivepr.com.au

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