Tasmanian job advertisements have surged, online job search company SEEK has reported.
SEEK’s latest job advertisement data showed job ads in July were 26.8 per cent ahead of July 2017.
That was the strongest increase in any state or territory.
It was also more than triple national growth of 8.7 per cent.
“A number of factors have seen the state take on a new lease of life, including Tasmania’s recent tourism and hospitality boom, supported by key attractions such as the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an improvement in traditional industries such as the dairy industry and, more recently, population growth driven by overseas and interstate migration,” SEEK said.
“The sectors that have driven job ad growth in Tasmania between 2014 and 2018 include trades and services (16 per cent), healthcare and medical (14 per cent) and hospitality and tourism (12 per cent).”
In a section of its August employment report covering what SEEK called “the Tasmanian tiger,” the company said Tasmanian-based businesses were reporting high business confidence and very favourable business conditions, according to the NAB’s July business confidence index.
SEEK managing director for Australia and New Zealand Kendra Banks said: “With Tasmania consistently outperforming the mainland, it appears that the larger population has been bolstered by economic development and investment that has driven business and jobs growth.”
“Tassie’s investment in its competitive strengths such as tourism and agriculture, along with a renewed commitment to state infrastructure, has led to a surge in job ads across sectors such as trades and services, medical and healthcare and hospitality and tourism.
“The challenge for the state now is whether it can allocate enough jobs to this new, growing workforce.”
Tasmania’s ageing population appeared to be influencing the jobs mix in the healthcare and medical sector.
“Job ads for aged care roles have been growing at a much faster rate than other healthcare and medical roles, responding to the increased demand of the state’s residents,” Ms Banks said.