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It’s yet to be seen how the latest Covid outbreak in Sydney will affect business confidence and the job market but the good news is that between October and November, SEEK saw the first increase in new job ads since before the pandemic.

Job advertisements were up 1 per cent year-on-year, with Victoria still leading the growth with the biggest month-on-month rise of 20.2 per cent.

The latest SEEK Employment Report captured a dip in job ads for South Australia in November when temporary restrictions were introduced, with something similar potentially in store for NSW (although Christmas and New year tends to be a slow period for hiring anyway).

Tradie jobs remained in the top three sectors for new job ads (including labourers, electricians, hair & beauty services, welders & boiler makers, technicians, carpenters and gardeners), alongside healthcare and medical jobs and hospitality and tourism.

Design and architecture jobs saw a 7 per cent increase in job ad volume from October to November, construction a 5 per cent increase, and real estate and property a 5 per cent increase.

“After a challenging 2020 for hirers and job seekers, this is a more positive note in which to end the year. We can have some confidence the easing of restrictions nationally, together with the reopening of businesses and industries, is driving a return towards pre-COVID levels,” Kendra Banks, managing director, SEEK ANZ said.

Ms Banks also said that job seekers have become choosier.

“One trend we’re noticing is job seekers being more selective when choosing which roles to apply for. While the number of job seekers viewing ads is the same as this time last year, the number who go on to apply is 15 per cent lower year-on-year.

“This behaviour is in contrast with what we saw throughout 2020, where applications per ad were typically higher than usual.

So, it is increasingly becoming more of a job seekers’ market, particularly in Western Australia and Queensland, and in industries like trades and services, manufacturing, transport and logistics, hospitality and tourism and retail.”

Job movements

Nari Nari man Rene Woods and chair of Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations 

(MLDRIN) since 2016 has become the first Indigenous member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Board.

Mr Woods grew up on the Murrumbidgee and has been a dedicated advocate of First Nations water justice and sustainable river management as both as MLDRIN chair and operations manager at Nari Nari Tribal Council.

Australian Energy Foundation’s Alison Rowe has taken a new role as managing director Australia at US-headquartered conservation charity The Nature Conservancy.

Ms Rowe joined AEF back in 2016 when it was still the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL). She’s been instrumental in transitioning the Melbourne-based organisation into a national for-purpose organisation dedicated to accelerating an equitable clean energy transition.

Before that, Ms Rowe was the global executive director of sustainability for the giant Japanese global tech company Fujitsu.

The AEF Board is still working out interim arrangements.

Danni Hunter is leaving the Victorian branch of the Urban Development Institute of Australia after six years as chief executive officer.

She will return to the Property Council of Australia as Victorian executive director. She’s also worked for the property lobby group as policy advisor and public affairs manager of the Property Council of Australia.

Before the UDIA, Ms Hunter was a senior advisor to Matthew Guy as Minister for Planning.

Angela Gaedke will take up the role of acting CEO while a someone is recruited in 2021.
Paul Weightman will retire from his post as managing director and CEO of Cromwell Property Group.

He co-founded Australian investment management firm in 1998, which currently has and $11.5 billion total assets under management across Australia, New Zealand and Europe and employs over 460 people across 28 offices in 14 countries.

He started off as executive chairman from 1998 – 2008 before stepping into the top management role.

According to Reuters, the company has been subject to a takeover bid from its biggest investor, ARA Asset Management, with the Singaporean company reportedly gaining board representation in September.

The company’s chief financial officer Michael Wilde will step in as acting CEO starting 1 January 2021.

Our pick of the jobs

Take the time over the Christmas break to imagine yourself in a brand-new role, such as working for engineering firm AECOM as an environmental planner/scientist – impact assessment, based in Canberra or Sydney.

Become a lecturer at RMIT in Melbourne, which has a 1-year fixed term spot open for a sustainability and urban planning lecturer.

ERM is hiring an environmental consultant with expertise in ESG to work on mergers & acquisitions, environmental and social governance advisory services and EHS Compliance. The role is based in Sydney.

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