This year, like 2009, our industry will be greatly affected by something none of us have any real control over – the economy. But 2010 looks promising. All the major indices are showing signs of progress.
According to the ANZ’s job series jobs advertised on print grew by 11.6% during December. Online job ads also grew by 5.6%. Similarly, the DEEWR vacancy Index also showed signs of consistent recovery. The chart below traced the uptick in jobs advertised on print media across the nation. Print advertising has increased steadily since June 09. Curiously, growth in online job ads aren’t as impressive. Still, it is good to welcome the new year with strong signs of recovery.
Other indices to keep track includes:
- National unemployment rate currently stands at 5.7% (The ABS will release the latest data today).
- SEEK Index
- Olivier Job Index
Once the other indices are released in the coming days, we will have a clearer picture of the economy. Obviously, growth will vary across different industries, and regional differences will be acute (ACT boast a 3.7% unemployment rate). Overall, job advertisement numbers paint a positive picture of the future. Besides, GDP is estimated to grow at 3.7%.