The number of jobs on internet-based employment sites fell 1.7% in May, after solid growth during the previous four months.
The number of jobs listed on the six employment sites ANZ Bank monitors fell from 15,248 in April – an all-time high - to 14,991 last month.
ANZ chief economist Bernard Hodgetts is cautious about reading too much into one month's worth of data, but suggests the market may have softened, as it has in Australia. He notes, however, that internet job ads are still 42% above the levels of a year ago.
Meanwhile, the number of internet-listed jobs in Australia’s IT and telecomms sector has fallen for the ninth month in a row, dropping below that of February 2000, according to the internet job index compiled by Olivier Recruitment Group. The Sydney-based recruitment company’s index also suggests that the total number of Australian internet-listed jobs has fallen to just above that of April 2000.
The job sites are Seek, JobUniverse, Jobstuff, NZjobs, Monster and Netcheck.