The latest employment report from SEEK revealed that overall, across all sectors, there was a decline of 8.9% in jobs advertised compared to April 2018.
And job ad growth in industries related to the decline in the public service continued to outperform other sectors, including Education & Training (+11.9%), Healthcare & Medical (+3.7%) and Government & Defence (+2.3%).
In fact, education & training topped the list in April 2019 for sectors showing the most growth, and within this roles for Tertiary Teaching (+33%) saw the greatest growth, followed by Secondary Teaching (+21.1%), Early Childhood (+13.7%) and Childcare and Outside School Hours (+10.5%).
“This combined with the perfect storm of public holidays, with ANZAC Day and Easter seeing many employees taking increased annual leave and the upcoming election, resulted in April 2019 job ad figures being notably down year on year.”
Banks said Education & Training and Healthcare & Medical were less susceptible to economic cycles as the sectors are on a “long run structural uptrend”.
“The uptrend is fuelled by population growth, international student demand and greater industry demand for qualifications," she said.
“This means these sectors are likely to top the leaderboard during periods of softening economic growth.”
And according to Seek, despite the slowdown in job ads, the average advertised salary across Australia in April was up +4.1% on last year.
“We continue to see strong growth in salaries across Queensland (+4.6%), NSW (+4.5%) and WA (+4.2%), with all states showing an increase,” SEEK noted.