Australian skilled vacancies dropped 0.8% in September in seasonally-adjusted terms. Despite the slip, vacancies remain 11.8% than the same month a year ago.
Seven of eight occupational groups recorded declines with openings for machine operators and drivers experiencing the greatest decline with a fall of 3.0% reported. Sales workers were the only group to record an increase (+0.4%).
From a regional perspective the three most populous states, NSW, Victoria and Queensland, saw falls of 1.8%, -0.2% and 2.1% respectively. The largest gains came from the ACT and SA which saw openings increase 7.8% and 4.1% respectively.