Thriving construction industry in Australia boosts job opportunties
A thriving construction industry in Australia is helping to boost the number of jobs available with some such as surveyors, plant operators and contract managers qualifying for state visa and employer sponsorship.
Getting a visa can be harder work than actually finding a job, but despite much criticism the 457 visa, which allows overseas workers to work in Australia for up to four years, remains very popular.
And those looking for a job in the country will be buoyed by the latest figures from international job site SEEK, which shows that construction advertising in Australia is up 13% compared with a year ago.
According to Michael Ilczynski, managing director for SEEK Australia and New Zealand, all sectors in the construction industry are experiencing growth apart from the smallest sector of quality assurance and control, which makes up less than 1% of construction jobs.
The data shows that the biggest growth area in the sector is in health, safety and environment with jobs adverts up 37% year on year, followed by plant and machinery operators, up 33%, and contracts management up 30%.
The states with the highest number of construction job opportunities were New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with job ads up 16%, 19% and 25% respectively year on year.
However, Western Australia is currently not the place to look for jobs in the construction industry with job adverts down by 27% year on year. It also remains the weakest jobs market overall with adverts down 16.1% compared with a year ago.
Overall the latest figures show a mixed set of results. South Australia had the largest year on year advertising growth of all the states and territories, with job ads on SEEK up 12.8%, driven by trades and services, up 22%, healthcare and medical up 16% and manufacturing, transport and logistics up 13%.
In NSW, Australia's largest labour market, advertising rose 4.9% year on year while in Victoria job adverts were up 7.9%. In both states it is information and communication technology that is the top advertising industry.
Job adverts in Queensland have continued to improve, with increases in the past five months and advertising now trending up by 0.9% month on month and 2.1% year on year, while advertising is up 7% year on year in ACT, by 5.3% in the Northern Territory and by 4.6% in Tasmania.