Your 10-Second Guide to the Latest WA Job Data | Jan-Mar 2018

Western Australia is the largest state in Australia and has a huge workforce to match. WA is famous for its role in the Australian mining boom and still produces almost half of all Australia’s exports. The west coast state also has well developed agribusiness and tourism industries. The centre for business and government in the state is Perth. The city is essential in coordinating the mining and agricultural industries that operate throughout Western Australia. It also has a large service network that provides the ensures the city operates smoothly.

JobGetter’s 10-second guide to the latest WA job data will give you a snapshot of what’s been happening in the state since 1 January through 14 March 2018.

Where the Jobs Are in WA

Western Australia Job Data showing locations of job advertisements

The above map shows where employers are advertising positions from 1 January – 14 March 2018 throughout Western Australia across all job sites.

This WA job data reveals where employers are currently looking for workers. While it is unsurprising to see the heaviest recruiting happening in major metro areas like Perth what is interesting is the large amount of regional advertisement. Some of the top locations for jobs in WA besides Perth include Albany, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, and Broome.

Top Industries / Job Categories Recruiting across WA

WA Job Data showing the Industries most in demand in the period Jan-Mar 18

The above graph shows the top job categories that have the most advertised jobs from 1 January – 14 March 2018 throughout Western Australia across all job sites.

Traditionally classified as industries, JobGetter analyses the skills and expertise required to determine which job category an advertised role belongs to. This provides a more accurate picture of which areas are in demand. For instance, since the start of 2018 the top skill set in WA is Admin and Office Support. These skills can be used in many industries from Real Estate to Mining. This means that if you’re skilled in Office Administration, you’re an in-demand worker. Or, if you’re a recruiter looking for Admin roles, you’ve got some fierce competition.

What’s important to understand when interpreting this data is that it’s only reflective of what is being publicly advertised. It does not capture jobs recruited internally, without advertisement, in shop windows or by word of mouth. These methods of job advertising are known as the hidden job market. It is one of the most elusive – and frustrating – aspects of looking for jobs. JobGetter is working hard though to bring this data into our data set in future. 

Top Roles in Demand in WA

WA Job Data for top roles advertised in WA for Jan-Mar 18

The above graph shows the top roles that have the most advertised jobs from 1 January – 14 March 2018 throughout Western Australia across all job sites.

These top roles in demand in WA are not necessarily the roles experiencing the biggest growth at the moment. What they are, however, are jobs that are being heavily advertised for, so it’s what employers want. Western Australian companies are currently heavily targeting jobs like Administration Assistants and Administration Officers. Employers are also actively looking for Customer Service Assistants, Receptionists and Retail Sales Assistants. Recruitments drives for General Labourers are also well underway. What this means for you is that if you are considering a position in one of these most in demand roles then now is one of the best times to look and apply. On the other hand, if you’re an employer looking to hire, you may need to pull out the magic to stand out in a crowded market and attract the best candidates.

Traditionally, job demand is determined by looking for keywords on a one-to-one basis. JobGetter is unique in our ability to identify relationships between roles, skills and qualifications which helps us to provide a more accurate picture of the job market. For instance, JobGetter understands that Administration Assistant is synonymous with General Office Administration, Clerical Officer, Office All Rounder and other similar role titles. 

WA Job Data Insights by JobGetter

JobGetter is quickly becoming Australia’s leader in workforce data and analytics. Our technology does more than just match you to jobs though. Every day we analyse the country’s entire job market (not only what’s on JobGetter) and run this through our AI engine. Powered by more than 220,000 relationships-driven skills, roles, qualifications and personality attributes, the engine gives us an in-depth look at real time job data. This allows us to interpret and summarise what’s actually happening in the job market better than anyone else.

The purpose of this guide is to quickly give you the information you need. New developments are popping up all the time. Jobs in every industry are undergoing major changes and that affects you. We hope that by providing you with this 10-second guide to the latest WA job data we can help you to quickly know what’s happening in the workforce and what trends are developing so you can use this to your advantage. 

Click here to view the January – March 2018 national report…

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