Toby Kent

The job market is heating back up, with new job ads posted on SEEK up 60.6 per cent in the last fortnight. Searches for businesses for sale are also at their highest ever

“Trades & services” is among the categories showing the most growth, which is likely to continue with stimulus money flowing into the building and construction industry. An uptick in jobs ads is also occurring in healthcare and medical, ICT, manufacturing, transport and logistics and community services and development.

The 60.6 per cent increase over the last fortnight follows three consecutive fortnights of more modest increases, increasing from 26.8 per cent, to 39.7 per cent and to 49.2 per cent.

Although all states and territories are seeing more jobs advertised, Tasmania and Queensland are experiencing the most growth with 86.3 per cent and 82.2 per cent more jobs advertised in the last two weeks compared to April’s average.

Jobseekers are experiencing mixed feelings about their prospects as lockdown conditions loosen. More people are feeling “confident”, “energised” and “inspired” but on the flipside, “boredom” is slightly up.

SEEK Business, the company’s marketplace for selling businesses, has observed the highest month ever of traffic and enquiries to buy businesses.

Job movements

Toby Kent has finished his time as Melbourne’s chief resilience officer. The work of Resilient Melbourne will continue as part of City of Melbourne’s Climate Change branch, with deputy chief resilience officer Maree Grenfell to take the reins.

According to Mr Kent, he’s leaving the role due to several coalescing problems, including “funding arrangements with the state and COVID-driven budgetary pressures at local government”.

Under Mr Kent’s leadership, Melbourne got its first metropolitan-wide resiliency strategy, the first in Australia.

Resiliency teams are now a common feature in major cities thanks to the 100 Resilient Cities program. The initiative started with seed funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to set up teams in cities, with these eventually absorbing responsibility and costs for their resilience agendas.

Mr Kent was on the board of the Future Business Council, which was recently absorbed by the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia). He is remaining on the board of the strengthened advocacy group for a sustainable business community in Australia.

Interior design business Unispace has snapped up Ian Worthy as its new principal of strategy who will bring a “unique perspective” on the challenges facing workplaces as we navigate our way out of lockdown.

Mr Worthy has worked in advertising before establishing his own interior design practice, Thoughtspace, where he delivered commercial fitouts for Suncorp, Foxtel, City of Ryde, Crown Equipment and Ecolab.

Post Covid, Mr Worthy expects to see a workplace that’s focused on “culture-building through a hybrid ‘hub and home’ model that enables flexible working, reinforces wellbeing and allows for focused work at home coupled with collaboration in the office.”

Our pick of the jobs

Join not-for-profit MoneyMob to deliver the Future Sustainability Education project, which is aimed at providing energy education and support to Anangu Communities in Yalata, Oak Valley and the APY Lands as they transition to paying for electricity supply.

The not for profit was chosen by the South Australian government to deliver the project. The role is for a project manager and will be based in Alice Springs.

The Dulux Group is looking for a safety and sustainability advisor to join its B&D Garage Doors and Openers business. The job is based in Sydney in the company’s Revesby head office.

The fabulously-named Animal Plant Mineral is looking for a botanist with 3-plus years’ experience to work on environmental impact assessments. The Perth-based consultancy has been around for over a decade.

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