The number of jobs advertised around the country rose 10% last year, despite a flat result in December.


The ANZ Job Advertisements Series shows job listings slipped by just 0.1% in December, seasonally-adjusted, after rising for four months in a row, leaving the yearly rate of growth at a healthy 10%.


ANZ senior economist Justin Fabo said the slight fall in job ads last month was likely due in part to the Christmas holiday and hiring could rise again this month.


“Our guess is that growth in job ads was probably a bit understated for December and when we get the January numbers we might see a bit of a bounce back,” he said.


Fabo says last year’s 10% in job ads suggests there is good momentum in the labour market.