The Year in Job Search: A Look at Trends Around the World in 2017

Amazon. We’ve been hearing about their much anticipated Australian launch for months now, so it might not come as a surprise that searches for the global retail behemoth surged a whopping 1512% (YTD compared to same time period in 2016). While their arrival on our shores is much to the delight of shoppers, just how much of an affect it will have on local retailers, remains to seen. Watch this space. We sure will.

Yes, you guessed it. It’s that time of year again, where we at Indeed look back at trends in job search to see what’s exciting job seekers across the globe and which occupations are falling out of favour. Job search patterns provide great insight not only into the world of work, but also cast light on broader social trends too.

While some trends are on the rise universally — such as searches for cyber security and terms related to part time work — others are more closely linked to the social and political situations in specific countries. For example, in the US and Canada, searches for marijuana related jobs skyrocketed, while in the Netherlands, recently declared happiness hub “Drenthe” saw a dramatic increase in searches.

Perhaps most surprisingly on the rise in Australia were searches for “anything”, which saw a 99% increase. Despite the recent release of job data revealing the official unemployment rate has dipped to 5.4 per cent (the lowest since February 2013), there are clearly job seekers across the country who are willing to take “anything” to put food on the table.

To paint a clearer picture of the year in search, Indeed’s data science team analysed hundreds of thousands of search terms in ten countries to identify which were search traffic stars, and which were, well, fading in significance.

So, without further ado, here are 2017’s job search winners and losers:

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