IT and engineers most in-demand Australian jobs

Peter Terlato 14 December 2016 NEWS

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Nurses, paramedics and medical researchers also popular.

Australia's jobs market attracted a wealth of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) workers in 2016 but there has been growth in other roles too, including engineering and professional care.

Employment marketplace SEEK reveals the highest advertising industry for 2016 was ICT (IT for short).

There was also a rising demand for jobs in other areas, primarily professionals in carer roles, such as nurses and emergency service workers, as well as drafting and project engineers.

Project engineers and drafting engineers

Demand increased 55.43% (project engineers) and 39.81% (drafting engineers) year-on-year in 2016.

The average advertised salary on SEEK for these jobs in 2016 was $99,541 for project engineers and $69,740 for drafting engineers.

Emergency service specialists and ambulance paramedics

Demand increased 47.59% (emergency services) and 42.24% (paramedics) year-on-year in 2016.

The average advertised salary on SEEK for these jobs in 2016 was $79,897 for emergency service specialists and $72,565 for ambulance paramedics.

Clinical/medical researchers and nursing midwifery/neo-natal

Demand increased 41.02% (medical researchers) and 50.33% (nursing midwifery) year-on-year in 2016.

The average advertised salary on SEEK for these jobs in 2016 was $$80,470 for clinical/medical researchers and $$71,152 for nursing midwifery/neo-natal.

Nationally, SEEK's Employment Index rose 4.5% year-on-year in November 2016, pointing to favourable conditions for job seekers given there was slightly less applications for each role.

State by state, the story is different. Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory was a hirer's market for most of the year. For each job advertised there was a higher than average number of candidates applying, increasing competition and providing more options for employers.

In New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT, competitive conditions were more "reasonable", according to SEEK spokesperson Kendra Banks.

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