Australian Privacy Jobs Quarterly Report – December 2021

Privacy 108’s analysis of Australian privacy jobs advertised in December 2021 is now available.

Main Findings from our Privacy Jobs Report

Main findings (from comparing the December 2021 advertised privacy roles to previous quarters) include:

  • After advertised job numbers staying steady for the first 3 quarters of 2021, there was a dip in December, dropping to 28 positions from 35 in the previous quarter.
  • An additional 10 (unique) positions advertised on LinkedIn. (These positions have not been included in the comparisons to previous quarters which are all based on jobs advertised on Seek and Indeed).
  • Approximately 25% of jobs were re-advertised for more than 1 month, perhaps indicating difficulties in filling open positions.
  • Most jobs are still located in Sydney, but its dominance may be dropping. Jobs are still focused on the east coast, with a degree of flexibility in terms of location.
  • While there is still little consistency in job titles, there is a trend to a smaller group of words being used in job titles with Privacy, Officer, Lawyer, Consultant, Data, Security and Manager being used far more frequently.
  • Experience is still a key requirement for most positions. The most common requirement has dropped back to 3+ years after last quarter going up to 5+ years . There were no entry level positions recorded in December.

Our Analysis

As part of our ongoing research into the state of the Australian privacy profession, Privacy 108 analyses the privacy job market, comparing on-line job adverts quarterly. Job listings provide a useful snapshot into how both private and public sector organisations value privacy, the resources they are willing to commit to developing and managing privacy programs, and to building their privacy maturity.

A list of all positions with ‘privacy’ and/or ‘data protection’ in the title was compiled from jobs advertised on and on a selected date in March, June, September December of each quarter. That list was then analysed.

Commencing in August 2021 we have begun taking monthly (rather than quarterly) snapshots. This will help us identify, for instance, jobs that are advertised for more than 30 days.

We are also now including data from Linked In into our analysis. However, for clarity, this report is based primarily on the Seek and Indeed data for December, except where noted. The Linked In data is not included in the number of jobs graph or in other comparative data. However it is included in analysis of total jobs limited to the December 2021 quarter.

From 2022, we will start including LinkedIn data plus findings from monthly comparisons.

Our findings from our analysis of most recent data are summarised in this report for viewing or download.

Previous reports

September 2021 Quarterly Job Trends

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