With investment in a city-wide urban renewal project, Canberra’s CBD (Civic) and town centres are undergoing significant transformation. The Government’s long-term economic, social and sustainability strategy includes a land release program in areas like Gungahlin, Belconnen, Woden, and Molonglo, as well as development in inner-city areas like Campbell and Kingston – bringing with it thriving job opportunities and economic growth.
Canberra jobs market
Canberra boasts one of the nation’s strongest jobs markets and has the second lowest unemployment rate in Australia, at 4.8% as of July 2017. Consequently, Canberra has the highest average level of disposable income of any Australian capital city.
Although historically known as a hub for Government jobs, more than half of Canberra’s workforce is employed by over 25,000 private companies, ranging in size from micro-companies to multi-national corporations.
Thanks to residential building development and large-scale infrastructure projects, such as a light rail transport system, the building and construction industry has seen growth, and employs over 12,000 people in the region. Employment opportunities in the sector are tipped to continue in line with ongoing development projects.
Information and communications technology is also a key competitive sector in Canberra. The Australian Government’s frequent outsourcing of ICT solutions is a major driver of the industry, providing the foundation for business development within the private ICT sector. Accordingly, approximately 8,000 people are employed in Canberra’s ICT industry, which is comprised of over 1,000 companies.
In the professional sector, Canberra is leading Australia for growth in executive employment. Job opportunities in general management doubled in the first quarter of 2017 in line with increased private sector demand. Other key industries in the Canberra region include health, education, tourism and hospitality, and sports, recreation and the arts.
Job search – Canberra
Looking to make your next career move in Canberra? We have a wealth of resources to help you with your job search:
- Review and update your resume to ensure it’s relevant and tailored to the job you want – or start from scratch using our free resume templates
- Do some research on the Canberra jobs market and equip yourself with current information on in-demand skills and salary rates in your industry
- When you land an interview, make sure to research the company beforehand, demonstrate your understanding of the job and the business, and ask great interview questions
As one of the leading Canberra recruitment agencies, Michael Page matches professionals with jobs at some of Australia’s most sought-after businesses. Our in-depth knowledge of the Canberra jobs market means we have a unique insight into the needs of jobseekers and employers alike. Get in touch today to speak with one of our Canberra recruitment specialists.