SA is the wage growth state, SEEK data shows


Posted on 18 Nov 2019

Employment marketplace SEEK has found wage growth in SA is leading the nation, with a 3.6 per cent increase on salaries over the past year – compared with 2 per cent rise across Australia.

SEEK says South Australia recorded the highest average salary increase across Australia last month, based on jobs advertised through the company. 

South Australian jobs attracted a 3.6 per cent pay increase in October, compared to the year before – up on the 2 per cent rise recorded across the country. 

In SA, the average salary advertised on SEEK, was $82,777, compared with Australia’s average of $88,614. 

The salary rise in South Australia compared with a 2.2 per cent increase in NSW, Victorian jobs paying 1.9 per cent more, and WA recording the lowest growth, at 0.5 per cent. 

Seek Australia and New Zealand managing director Kendra Banks said front line social services were responsible for the greatest portion of job ad growth in Australia. 

Healthcare, Community Services and education and training were the top-performing sectors. 

“As in previous years ahead of the summer season, we see hiring activity for casual and vacation positions up compared to other months,” Ms Banks said.

“Encouragingly, year on year these roles are up 6 per cent, with most of this growth coming from the hospitality and tourism sector.” That sector advertised more than 11,000 jobs through SEEK during October, which Ms Banks said was the most the service had ever seen.

“There is a broad range of jobs available from tour guides to waitstaff, to guest services and travel agents,” she said.

“Employers are preparing for the summer months as Australians make the most of the holiday season.”

Meantime, recruitment agency Robert Walters said its 2020 salary survey found technology and digital roles would headline wage growth in SA next year. Those in customer experience roles, specialist technical jobs and in the human resources sector would get the biggest wage increases, on the back of the Federal Government’s submarine, frigate and air force programs.

South Australians might also find it easier to secure permanent roles next year, as a large number of industries were experiencing a shortage of full time staff in some positions.

“Encouragingly, year on year these roles are up 6 per cent, with most of this growth coming from the hospitality and tourism sector.” That sector advertised more than 11,000 jobs through SEEK during October, which Ms Banks said was the most the service had ever seen.

“There is a broad range of jobs available from tour guides to waitstaff, to guest services and travel agents,” she said.

“Employers are preparing for the summer months as Australians make the most of the holiday season.”

Meantime, recruitment agency Robert Walters said its 2020 salary survey found technology and digital roles would headline wage growth in SA next year. Those in customer experience roles, specialist technical jobs and in the human resources sector would get the biggest wage increases, on the back of the Federal Government’s submarine, frigate and air force programs.

South Australians might also find it easier to secure permanent roles next year, as a large number of industries were experiencing a shortage of full time staff in some positions.

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SEEK AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND MANAGING DIRECTOR KENDRA BANKS. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

SA is the wage growth state, SEEK data shows by Michelle Etheridge originally seen on The Advertiser, 18 November 2019.

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