Australian Privacy Jobs Quarterly Report – March 2022

Privacy 108’s analysis of Australian privacy jobs advertised in March 2022 is now available.

Main Findings from our Privacy Jobs Report

Main findings include:

  • There has been a significant jump in job ad’s in this quarter compared to late last year. January and February were both over 50 (55 and 52 respectively) and March only just below at 48. January – March 2022 are the highest monthly job numbers we have seen. 14 of January’s total of 55 positions were contract roles being advertised for a federal a government agency with offices in 7 different locations.
  • Positions in the banking/financial services sector dropped significantly. This may indicate that banks have largely established their privacy teams and are now only advertising replacement positions. However, there has been a corresponding increase advertised positions in the corporate (and especially retail) sector.
  • For the first time since June 2019 we saw no consultant (non-legal) positions being advertised in March 2022. In previous quarters, consultancy firms have repeatedly advertised for multiple roles. However, we saw a big jump in roles for lawyers both in-house and for professional firms.
  • For the first time this quarter there were a number of research and/or university based position advertised. It is encouraging to see that privacy is receiving more attention from publicly funded bodies and in university PhD programs.

Our Methodoloy:

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 monthly. 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 is compiled from jobs advertised on, and Linked In on a selected date each month. These lists are then analysed.

From December 2018 to July 2021 the job surveys were conducted on a quarterly basis only. Commencing in August 2021 we began taking monthly (rather than quarterly) snapshots. This will help us identify, for instance, jobs that are advertised for more than 30 days. Linked In job ads were also only added to the analysis from August 2021.

Data from every month and from all three job advertising platforms we now survey (Linked In, Seek and Indeed) are included in our charts and analysis in this report, with the exception of the quarterly trend charts. In order to continue comparing trends from when we commenced surveying the job market in Dec 2018, these quarterly trend charts are based only on the snapshot numbers for the quarterly months of March, June, September and December.

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

Previous reports

December 2021 Quarterly Job Trends

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