Data released by the online jobs website Seek shows that the architecture and design sector is leading jobs growth. The number of new jobs ads in the sector increased by 42 percent in the 2015 financial year from the previous year.
Architecture and design jobs ads led the way by far, with farming, animals and conservation jobs coming in second at 29 percent and the third category, trades and services, only experiencing an 18 percent rise.
The architecture sub-classification showed tremendous growth and led the charge in the sector with an increase of 56 percent year on year. Interior design was also strong with an increase of 41 percent.
The category of architecture and design includes jobs such as urban design and planning, landscape architecture, architecture and architectural drafting as well as graphic, industrial, fashion and interior design. The Seek data revealed a growth rate of 10.8 percent in the number of new job ads across the board, and revealed mining, resources and energy as the worst performing area by far, with a 30 percent decline.
Statistics for August 2015 released by Seek showed a more modest average 23 percent increase across the architecture and design sector in the number of new jobs ads. The sector came in third behind education and training and farming, animals and conservation.
Across Australia, the Australian Capital Territory had the biggest growth with a 100 percent increase in new job ads, followed by Victoria (37 percent), New South Wales (28 percent) and South Australia (25 percent).
“Key growth sectors were multi-residential, private residential, mixed-use and retail,” said Kate Owens, managing director of Bespoke Recruitment.
Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania all experienced decline with Tasmania’s jobs growth being the worst at 71 percent.
The most recent employment data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for August shows a slight drop in the unemployment rate from 6.3 percent in July to 6.2 percent in August.