Skilled job vacancies increased by 2.4 per cent in March compared to February.
According to research published by The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, vacancies rose for two of the three occupational groups included in its skilled vacancies index. Trades were up three per cent, associate professionals rose by 1.8 per cent.
The Skilled Vacancies Index (SVI) is based on a count of advertisements in major metropolitan newspapers for selected occupations and is seasonally adjusted and trended each month. It showed an 11.8 per cent rise in skilled vacancies compared to March 2009
Rises were recorded in advertised vacancies for 11 of the 18 skilled occupations. The most significants rises were for marketing and advertising professionals which rose by 13.7 per cent, followed by organisation and information professionals, up 6.9 per cent.
The largest decreases were recorded for health professionals, down 4.4 per cent, food trades, down 3.2 per cent, and social professionals, down 2.5 per cent.
Furthermore, rises were recorded in four of the seven states and territories. Western Australian saw the biggest rise, with a 6.4 per cent increase in vacancies, followed by New South Wales (4 per cent) and Victoria (2.1 per cent).
Queensland, however, saw an 8.3 per cent drop in skilled vacancies.