Number of jobs advertised in Townsville region doubles to 1457.

The number of jobs advertised on Seek for the Townsville region has more than doubled over the past three years and looks to be heading higher, recruitment consultant Clayton Cook says.

Clayton Cook, Managing Director

Most jobs are in trades and services, followed by healthcare and medical, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, transport and logistics and then community services.

Mr Cook, managing director of TP Human Capital, said a lot of the trades jobs would be related to the rebuilding and insurance work associated with this year’s devastating floods.

But he said a resurgence in the mining sector, particularly in gold mining, would also be driving demand for trades skills.

Mr Cook said the jobs being created in hospitality and tourism would relate to the tourism season being in full swing.

“We are in the midst of our peak tourism season,” Mr Cook said.

“Because of that we have a jam-packed event season and that will increase the number of jobs required.”

He said jobs being advertised in transport and logistics, as opposed to social services, was significant because it indicated more activity in the regional economy.

A total of 1457 jobs were advertised on online website Seek for the northern region based on Townsville yesterday.

This is up from around 600 to 700 in 2016.

The top 10 job categories were: trades and services: 257, healthcare and medical: 200, hospitality and tourism: 140, manufacturing, transport and logistics: 127, community services and development: 101, mining, resources and energy: 90, government and defence: 78, education and training: 73, retail and consumer products: 55, administration and office support: 49.