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Mainfreight Australia is currently looking for enthusiastic university graduates to join our thriving team.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
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Creative Arts
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Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
3 Feb 2020
Applications Close
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Minimum Salary
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As an Armament Engineer, you'll work with some of the world's most sophisticated armaments technology.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
3 Feb 2020
Applications Close
29 Feb 2020
Minimum Salary
$70,000
Maximum Salary
$74,999
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Graduate Job

Most graduate roles move you around a firm to give you a taste of what's on offer. This one will move you around the mar…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
6 Feb 2020
Applications Close
4 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Number of Vacancies
10

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KPMG 2021 Graduate Program Applications OPEN NOW!
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
10 Feb 2020
Applications Close
6 Mar 2020

Graduate Job

PwC will help you create the career you want, where you can confidently tap into your passions and do more with your deg…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
17 Feb 2020
Applications Close
15 Mar 2020
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Ongoing

Graduate Job

Digital disruption, next-gen technologies, and big ideas are our play space – and we’re inviting you to join us!
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
10 Feb 2020
Applications Close
16 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
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As a new graduate, we aim to provide you more than just your 'traditional' graduate program; instead, we kick start your…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
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Business & Management
Applications Open
17 Feb 2020
Applications Close
22 Mar 2020
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Graduate Job

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
Applications Open
17 Feb 2020
Applications Close
22 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021

Graduate Job

Where do you start if you want to change the world? You start right here.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
17 Feb 2020
Applications Close
26 Mar 2020
Start Date
Ongoing

Graduate Jobs in Perth overview

Living in Perth

While Perth may have a reputation for being involved in the mining boom, it is now in the process of transformation. Perth is one of the world’s most isolated cities, and it is forging a contemporary personality, with cultural depth and an eclectic job market. Industries such as IT, business consultancy, digital marketing and technology have crept into Perth and began to revolutionise the economy, bringing with it a range of opportunities for graduates.

While the graduate job market might be smaller than that of many other Australian capital cities, it still hosts many graduate vacancies and internship positions. For example, IT specialists are currently in high demand as Perth continues to digitalise in order to keep pace with other cities around Australia.

Another major draw for graduates is the affordability of housing. While average housing prices across Australia’s capital cities are rising, Perth’s housing prices have dropped with the decline in the mining industry, making it one of the most affordable cities to live for young professionals. Perth is also Australia’s sunniest city, with an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day. A graduate looking for a good mix of lifestyle and job opportunity is likely to find it in Perth.

Graduate jobs in Perth

Figure 1: Number of employing businesses in Perth vs other Australian cities

Perth is home to 9.1% of all graduate opportunities in Australia, which represents 10.5% of the total income for the country. Perth is a great place for graduates to include in their search for employment, as 9.4% of Australian graduates find employment in Western Australia in one of the 75,000 businesses in Perth.

The greatest number of employment opportunities can be found in the healthcare, construction and retail trade industries. 127,800 people are employed in healthcare and social assistance related jobs alone. Utilities, information media and agriculture have the least number of employment opportunities in Perth, with agriculture, forestry and fishing employing 10,000 people or 1% of the total workforce.

Figure 2: Per cent of total employment per industry in Perth

What is the job market outlook for graduate jobs in Perth?

Figure 3: Employment status of graduates with bachelor degrees in Western Australia

Out of all the graduates available for full-time employment, 66% are in a full-time job. A further 22% have found part-time or casual work, with 12% of graduates in Perth unable to find employment.

Five-year outlook

Figure 4: Perth annual growth rates vs other cities in Australia

Perth’s growth rate is slightly higher than the national average, sitting at an annual growth rate of 8.4%. Industries with impressive forecasted growth rates include health care, education, arts, recreation, construction, accommodation and food services. Industries forecasted to decline including mining, utilities, agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Figure 5: Annual growth rate across industries in Perth

Graduate unemployment rates in Perth

Figure 6: Unemployment rates in Perth vs other cities in Australia

Unemployment rates for young people in Perth are slightly higher than the national average, with general youth unemployment sitting at 12.9% nationally but 13.7% in Perth. Unemployment for individuals aged 15 and over is the second highest in Australia, with 6.4% of adults unemployed in Perth – again, higher than the national average which is 5.6%. Graduate unemployment is also above average, with 12.4% of graduates in Western Australia looking for work but unable to find it. In the Perth metropolitan area, those numbers are more favourable for graduates looking for work. In areas with lower rates of unemployment, graduates should ensure their applications are competitive and try to lock down a position early. Attending a career fair or applying for entry-level positions can help.

Figure 7: Graduate unemployment rates in Western Australia vs other locations in Australia

What are the typical roles for graduates in Perth?

Individuals employed as labourers, or in sales, community and personal services, make up the smallest proportion of the Perth workforce. The most common occupations are professionals, managers, technicians and trades workers. Perth has the fourth-highest proportion of full-time workers in professional occupations, with more than 25% of Perth’s workforce employed in a professional capacity.

Figure 8: Percentage of full-time employees working as professionals in Perth and other capital cities

GradAustralia surveyed graduates in Perth and found that the top 5 roles in Perth are:

  1. Consultant
  2. Associate IT Specialist
  3. Graduate Officer
  4. Analyst
  5. Business Analyst

What salary should I expect for graduate jobs in Perth?

Median and mean employee income in Perth

Figure 9: Median and mean employee income in Perth and other capital cities

Across all workplaces in Perth, the median employee income is $52,963, significantly higher than the national average of $46,999. The mean income in Perth is notably higher than the median. With Perth individuals earning a mean income of $67,557, only Canberra offers more. The mean income in Perth is 27.6% above the median, which shows a disparity in pay rates for some positions, but also means there are likely to be well-paying job opportunities available in Perth.

Median graduate starting salaries

Figure 10: Perth median graduate starting salary vs other states/territories

The opportunity for graduates to earn more than other areas is reflected in the relatively high median graduate starting salary on offer in Perth. At $57,000, Perth’s median graduate starting salary is the third highest in Australia, and $3,000 higher than the national average. There are many disciplines that offer their graduates a higher salary.

In Perth, employees in the fields of finance, law, and property earn slightly more than the average graduate. However, those going into jobs in the health and medical sciences and humanities can expect a significantly higher average wage – graduates from these disciplines can start on around $93,000.

Figure 11: Average graduate starting salary by discipline in Perth

What working hours should I expect in Perth?

Figure 12: Average work hours per week for graduates in Perth

The most common work week for graduates in Perth is 40-50 hours. 56% of respondents to a GradAustralia survey said their average work week fell somewhere in this range. More than a third said they worked fewer hours, with 37% indicating their work week was around 30-40 hours long. These two ranges represent the vast majority of the graduate workforce, with a total of 93% saying their work hours average 30-50 hours per week. The last 7% of graduates indicated that they worked between 50-70 hours per week. That puts the average Perth work week for graduates in the upper cohort when compared to other cities around Australia.

Figure 13: Average graduate working hours in Perth vs other cities

Job satisfaction for graduates in Perth

In a survey of Australian-based graduates, GradAustralia found that the average graduate job satisfaction is Perth falls just slightly below the national average. While graduates around Australia rate their job satisfaction at an average score of 8.5, graduates who live and work in Perth scored their satisfaction at 8.4.

Figure 13: Average job satisfaction for graduates in Perth vs other cities

Diversity

Figure 14: Average diversity score in Perth vs other cities

Perth graduates perceive their workplaces to have high levels of diversity, with Perth being equal first with Darwin.

Gender diversity

Figure 15: Gender comparison of workforce participation rates by industry in Perth

The average female participation rate in the Perth workforce is around 43%. Similarly to many parts of Australia, the industries with the highest percentage of female workers are health care and education. In comparison, the mining and construction industries have the lowest percentages of female workers, with 19.2% and 13.6% female participation respectively.

Figure 16: Median graduate starting salary for males and females in WA vs other states

The average starting salary for female bachelor-level graduates in Western Australia is $56,100. In comparison, their male counterparts start on an average salary of $58,000. Female graduates in Perth are likely to start on $3,000 more than the national average of $53,000. The average salary for male graduates in Western Australia is $3,000 less than the national average.

Where to find graduate jobs in Perth

Graduate jobs applications in Perth tend to follow the usual cycle of opening for applications in March/ April, however, a small number of employers recruit throughout the year. Be prepared to get your application in early because the WA O-week and campus year usually kick off a week or two before eastern states. Some employers looking to hire in Perth can close their applications earlier than expected.

The most sought-after employers in Perth include:

  • Woodside
  • Honeywell
  • Aurecon
  • Downer Group
  • Allens
  • BDO

When looking for graduate jobs, keep an eye on new listings on the GradAustralia website, and consider attending a graduate careers fair, which will allow you to connect with employers who offer graduate programs. These are usually held in the month of March and may be held in the city or at one of Perth’s universities.

The following events provide opportunities to students of all disciplines:

  • Big Meet Perth organized by AAGE,
  • Skills West Expo organized by SkillsWest Expo,
  • Careers Expo Perth organized by 10 times.

Universities also offer various career events to help you learn more about graduate jobs and employers:

  • The University of Western Australia offers the UWA Careers Fair, as well as career fairs focused on engineering, business, education, and management consulting.
  • Curtin University offers the Curtin Careers Fair.
  • Murdoch University offers Careers Week.

Many employers also offer ‘entry-level’ jobs that are not specifically advertised as ‘graduate’ jobs. Keep an eye out for these on job boards such as SEEK.

Other options for recent graduates in Perth

If you're set on Perth but still not sure what you want to do, or if you haven't had any luck locking down a graduate job, you might want to consider:

If you’re not sure if Perth is the right place for your graduate job, check our moving guide to Perth.

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Graduate Jobs in Perth Graduate Sucess Stories


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VMware supports its employees in giving back to the community. Recently, I was with my colleagues in Cambodia building a bike shed for Community School Prey Thom, an opportunity that I am very grateful for.

Yen Vu

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VMware supports its employees in giving back to the community. Recently, I was with my colleagues in Cambodia building a bike shed for Community School Prey Thom, an opportunity that I am very grateful for.

Yen Vu

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VMware is a company that has a customer-centric approach which really resonates with me as an individual.

Shahriyar Mirza

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VMware is a company that has a customer-centric approach which really resonates with me as an individual.

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The training provided at KWM is recognised across the legal industry and beyond.

Ray Aryal

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The training provided at KWM is recognised across the legal industry and beyond.

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I love working in my department. I enjoy the diversity and challenges of the work, and I have a supportive and fun team.

Sabine Elvy

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I love working in my department. I enjoy the diversity and challenges of the work, and I have a supportive and fun team.

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I love the buzz of working in global financial markets, and the trading floor is a stimulating and dynamic place to work.

Sarah Forsyth

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I love the buzz of working in global financial markets, and the trading floor is a stimulating and dynamic place to work.

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Lawyers need to have good attention to detail and a strong technical understanding of the areas of law in which they practice. 

Karen Evans-Cullen

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Lawyers need to have good attention to detail and a strong technical understanding of the areas of law in which they practice. 

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  • Graduate stories
VMware supports its employees in giving back to the community. Recently, I was with my colleagues in Cambodia building a bike shed for Community School Prey Thom, an opportunity that I am very grateful for.

Yen Vu

  • Graduate stories
VMware supports its employees in giving back to the community. Recently, I was with my colleagues in Cambodia building a bike shed for Community School Prey Thom, an opportunity that I am very grateful for.

Yen Vu

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  • Graduate stories
VMware is a company that has a customer-centric approach which really resonates with me as an individual.

Shahriyar Mirza

  • Graduate stories
VMware is a company that has a customer-centric approach which really resonates with me as an individual.

Shahriyar Mirza

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The training provided at KWM is recognised across the legal industry and beyond.

Ray Aryal

  • Graduate stories
The training provided at KWM is recognised across the legal industry and beyond.

Ray Aryal

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  • Graduate stories
I love working in my department. I enjoy the diversity and challenges of the work, and I have a supportive and fun team.

Sabine Elvy

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I love working in my department. I enjoy the diversity and challenges of the work, and I have a supportive and fun team.

Sabine Elvy

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I love the buzz of working in global financial markets, and the trading floor is a stimulating and dynamic place to work.

Sarah Forsyth

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I love the buzz of working in global financial markets, and the trading floor is a stimulating and dynamic place to work.

Sarah Forsyth

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Lawyers need to have good attention to detail and a strong technical understanding of the areas of law in which they practice. 

Karen Evans-Cullen

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Graduate Jobs in Perth Day in the Life Stories


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Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Al Bautista

Al Bautista earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University and is now an Associate at Grant Thornton.
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Al Bautista

Al Bautista earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University and is now an Associate at Grant Thornton.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
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Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
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Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
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Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
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  • Day in the life

Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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  • Day in the life

Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Al Bautista

Al Bautista earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University and is now an Associate at Grant Thornton.
  • Day in the life

Al Bautista

Al Bautista earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University and is now an Associate at Grant Thornton.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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  • Day in the life

Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
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Matthew Bond

Matthew studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Electrical Power Engineering Major at Curtin University and is now an Electrical Engineer at Western Power
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Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
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Josh Capponi

Josh studied Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence at Edith Cowan University and is a Business Graduate (STEM Graduate) at Western Power
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