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Victoria’s jobs market has been bouncing back over the past two months according to the latest SEEK Employment Report.

In October the month-on-month job ad growth rate in Victoria increased considerably by 16.4 per cent, marking the second month of growth for the state.

While the state has the most catching up to do so has the biggest month-on-month rise, its job ads on a year-on-year basis (compared to October 2019) still lags the other


Tradies are still in hot demand with trades and services jobs, such as labourers, electricians, welders & boiler makers, technicians, gardeners & landscapers, contributing the most growth in job advertisements.

All categories aside from science and technology saw growth in job ads compared to last month, including design and architecture (9 per cent), real estate and property (7 per cent) and construction (5 per cent).

Overall, Australia’s job market looks to be on the road to recovery, with ads up 8.5 per cent month-on-month.

“We have seen positive national month-on-month job ad growth since the end of April. Significantly, job ad volume is 11.7 per cent lower than 12 months ago, which represents the smallest gap in this metric since the pandemic began,” said Kendra Banks, managing director, SEEK ANZ.

Job movements

Jane O’Dwyer will take on the top job at the Cooperative Research Centres Association early next year. At the moment, Ms O’Dwyer is vice-president (engagement and global relations) at The Australian National University.

The CRC Association is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the pursuit of science, particularly through the Australian government’s CRC Program.

JLL’s head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa Guy Grainger has a new gig at the company as global head of sustainability services & ESG.

Mr Grainger has led the EMEA region since June 2016 and is also on the company’s global executive board. Before that, he was the CEO of the UK business.

Tracey Gramlick will bring a wealth of technical and industry experience to her new roles as chair of the board at Standards Australia.

Mr Gramlick is currently CSIRO’s team leader of verification services in infrastructure technologies, a role that involves transforming CSIRO’s certification schemes for the materials and infrastructure, such as paints and coating products, into a uniform and accredited system.

Before the CSIRO job, she worked at the Australian Window Association for over 15 years, including as chief executive officer & executive director.

Ms Gramlick already served as a member representative and on the Standards Australia Council. 

AJ+C has promoted Dua Green to director in the Sydney studio. Ms Green is a specialist in master planning and designing schools and student accommodation projects. At the moment, she’s working on projects for the Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga, Sydney and a new boarding house and masterplan for Loreto Normanhurst.

She was also involved the design of the award-winning Judith Poole Multi-Sports Hall for Abbotsleigh.

Our pick of the jobs

Transmission network operator TransGrid is hiring a sustainability manager. The role is a two year fixed term position based in Sydney.

Australian provider of sustainable furniture and lighting, Living Edge, is looking for a senior project consultant to join the Brisbane office.

Transport for NSW is looking to fill a role for a biodiversity environment officer for a 15 month contract based in Macquarie Park, Sydney.

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