A question was raised a couple of days ago about the number of jobs boards in Australia. I spent a few minutes today having a quick look around to see if I could get an answer.
I found Australian Job Search being run by the Australian government listing around 100 job sites. Now I would not classify every single one as a job board but it does give us an feel for the size of the market.
I kept looking and fairly quickly found another 10-15 sites not listed in the Australian government index. To me this is a bit of a concern as I could speculate that we have somewhere around 130-150 job boards operating in Australia. Now this is a fair number less than in the UK, where it is said they have 700 job boards and about 6 million active job seekers, but still way too many in my mind!
How many active job seekers do we have in Australia? According the government’s labour market information portal we had 808,273 active jobs seekers in December 2006.
This means that in the UK the ratio of job seekers to job boards is around 8,500:1, where in Australia it is around 5400:1. Even if there only a 100 job boards the ratio goes to 8000:1. Seek has a majority of the market, 60% according to their web site, leaving very little for other job boards to pick up, ignoring the fact the MyCareer and CareerOne pick up a majority of the remaining 40%!
Yes I know job seekers probably visit multiple job boards in their search but this doesn’t make the numbers look any better, there are just no the number of active job seekers to support all the job boards!
Kevin Howard commented that we are about to see a couple of new entrants in to the market who have spent up big, you have to wonder what is their business plan!