Internet job ads grew slightly in May, and are up 12% year-on-year, according to government statistics.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workpace Relations' Internet Vacancy Index increased 0.3% in trend terms last month.
Increases in listings were recorded in five of the eight tracked categories – managers; technicians and trade workers; community service workers; machinery operators and drivers and labourers. Categories including sales and administrative work trended down.
The Northern Territory recorded the strongest overall increase for the month of 2.3%, but in seasonally adjusted terms it was Tasmania that took the top spot with 4.3% growth.
Year on year, the highest absolute increase in online job ads was in the ACT (up 25.8%), and the highest seasonally adjusted gain was in Queensland (up by 23.8%).
Online listings for skilled positions also grew 0.3% for the month, but over the year to May growth outpaced the overall internet vacancies index at 16.1% to 12%.
In the subcategory of ICT professionals, online listings declined 1.2% monthly but grew 8.1% year over year. Vacancies for ICT technician roles grew 1.5% for the month and 23.5% annually.
The strongest demand for professionals was for engineers, followed by science professionals and veterinarians.
In contrast to the gains online, the newspaper-based Skilled Vacancies Index fell 2% in June and 16% year-on-year. The Department said it expects this trend to continue as more companies move from newspaper to online advertising.