Across Australia, businesses large and small were forced to stand down or lay off part or all of their workforces in response to government shutdown measures in 2020 which were designed to slow the spread of the virus. As we start to come out the other side, we are seeing some improvements in the job market, renewing hope our economy is recovering.
According to employment marketplace SEEK, the January 2021 Employment Report has revealed the job market is picking up momentum with steady improvements. National job advertisements went up by 4% month-on-month while jobs advertised were up 6.5% year-on-year.
In comparing January figures, Kendra Banks, SEEK Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand said: “Tasmania, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, and Queensland all have job ad volumes significantly higher than in January 2020."
"Despite New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory having job ad levels lower than this time last year, both are at the highest levels since the pandemic began and have steadily recovered,” she added.