Internet Job Advertising For Skilled Workers Flat In June

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July 19th, 2011

GROWTH in internet advertisements for skilled workers was flat in June from a month earlier, national data shows.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations' internet vacancy index in June was unchanged at 92.7 points, 10.6 per cent higher than in June 2010.

Its more up-to-date, but less reliable, newspaper-based skilled vacancies index (SVI) fell by 1.5 per cent in July to 38.4 points, to be 16.8 per cent lower than in July 2010.

The department said in April that it was considering dropping the SVI because the trend among businesses was towards internet advertising.

The latest report is based on 236,700 internet job ads compared with just 1600 newspaper job ads.

Internet-based skilled vacancies increased for four of the eight occupational groups monitored by the department in June.

The largest increase was recorded for labourers, which rose 1.4 per cent, followed by community and personal service workers that rose 1.3 per cent.

Demand for clerical and administrative workers fell by 1.1 per cent.

During the month, the Northern Territory posted the largest increase, rising by 2.0 per cent, followed by Western Australia, up 0.9 per cent.

The biggest drop was recorded in the ACT, down 4.4 per cent.

Queensland showed the biggest increase in ads over the year, rising by 22.7 per cent.

Tasmania recorded a 21.8 per cent drop in ads over the past year, the only jurisdiction to decline.