DEEWR Skilled Vacancies rise

An hour out from February Labour Force figures and I’ve discovered I forgot to post the DEEWR Skilled Vacancy report.

It showed a small rise in seasonally adjusted terms:

Seasonally Adjusted

Monthly Change

  • Increased by 1.9% to 86.0 (Jan 2006 = 100)
  • Increased in all eight occupational groups
  • Strongest rises recorded for Machinery Operators and Drivers (up by 3.6%), and Sales Workers (2.9%)
  • Increased in five states

Annual Change

  • Decreased by 4.9%
  • Increased in three of the eight occupational groups
  • Strongest rise recorded in Community and Personal Service Workers (up by 6.7%) and Machinery Operators and Drivers (1.9%)

Increased in the Northern Territory (up by 19.8%), Queensland (19.5%) and Western Australia (13.2%)

Here’s the chart:

And here’s the sectoral split:

As you can see there is sudden jump in demand for Victorian truck drivers.

There is a little bit of support here for the ANZ Job Ads series, which has dramatically turned around in the new year, but not a lot. The trend is still down.

If anything, this report adds to the confused data around the labour market at the moment.

Full report below.

Vacancy Report February 2012


  1. The report was not released yesterday, it was released on 22 February – 3 weeks ago. And the next report is due on 22 March.

    Also, its not DEWR, its DEEWR.

    Finally, while you have focussed on the seasonally adjusted series, the trend series is unequivocal: nine consecutive monthly falls.

    • Looks like you’ve got me. I was relying on a report BS for date so blame them.

      I always use seasonally adjusted so that’s quite consistent.

      And the next report is out March 21 not 22. Thankfully I’ve joined the mailing list so it won’t get missed again.

      Cheers for pointing it out.

  2. A JobService Provider (ORS Group Chatswood) working in conjunction with DEEWR and CentreLink, are now telling the influx (torrent) of Accountants registering with them to look at learning different skills, if they’re young enough.

    They’re also (soft) pushing people into call centre (training then) work, and marketing work, to work as agents for them too. I think that is considered as professional work.