The number of jobs that where filled in Australia increased by 0.3 per cent in the September quarter of 2018, with around half of the increase being secondary jobs, according to new labour market insights released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Nearly one third (30 per cent) of the increase in secondary jobs this quarter was in the administrative and support services, with the next largest contribution coming from accommodation and food services industry (29 per cent).
“Accommodation and food services is the fourth largest industry in the economy in terms of secondary jobs. Only administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and education and training industries have more secondary jobs than the accommodation and food services industry,” said Mr Hockman, Chief Economist at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Job vacancies in the September 2018 quarter slowed to 0.4 per cent, after five consecutive quarters of over 3 per cent growth. Despite this slowing, the measure of job vacancies as a proportion of total jobs remains at a record high of 1.7 per cent.