Job Hunting In 2023: Who Is Hiring?

The start of a new year sparks the perfect time to kickstart your job hunting, says Kirstie McDermott.

December was likely to be the most frantic month of the year last year, particularly for those in retail and salons. Data from card reader company Zettle backs this up.

December 22nd was projected to be the day with the highest number of transactions of the whole year for health and beauty practitioners, the company said, with December 18th the second most busy day in December. Then, of course, you’ve got New Year to think about: the December 27th-30th dates also provided an accelerating pre-New Year’s rush.

It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if you hadn’t had time to turn around, let alone think about your career plans for 2023. But this is a great time of year to plan ahead and Australians love a New Year’s resolution: research shows that 72% of Australians––or almost 14 million people––set at least one New Year’s resolution last year.

Women are a little more likely than men to make a promise to themselves at 74%, compared to 70% of men, and it is actually younger people who make the most commitments to set new goals for the new year.

91% of Gen Z Australians and 87% of Millennials made New Year’s resolutions last year. The obvious ones around health and exercise came out top, but 7% of all age groups vowed to get a new job.


That figure can be seen in how Australian workers have adapted to their own version of the Great Resignation, the pandemic-era trend that originated in the U.S. There, more than 47 million workers quit their jobs in 2021, or 23.5% of the total U.S. workforce.

Here, the picture isn’t quite so dramatic, but Australian workers are voting with their feet. PwC Australia surveyed over 1,800 Australians for its ‘What Workers Want’ report and found that 85% of workers experienced mental health challenges during the pandemic and more than one-third consider their employer the main source of mental health support.

Six in 10 people who have left an organisation in the past year are looking to leave their current employer in the next 12 months too. When it comes to motivating factors, Australian employees have specific drivers that attract them too, the study found. Remuneration and rewards was ranked the highest at 25% with wellbeing coming in at 22%, and experience came in at 16%.

New job in 2023

If you’re thinking about making a move to accelerate your beauty career in 2023, then now is a good time to lay the groundwork. Here are three companies hiring into 2023. For plenty more open roles browse the Professional Beauty Job Board.


The beauty behemoth has locations all over Australia. A certified Great Place to Work company, 83% of employees at Sephora say it is a great place to work. The company is hiring for a range of roles including talent acquisition, retail sales and beauty advisors. Discover all its open roles here.


Beauty destination Mecca offers an exclusive edit of over 100 brands, exceptional service and beauty expertise, each within a unique store environment tailored to how you choose to shop beauty. The company is hiring: opportunities include art director, retail management and marketing lead roles. Discover them all here.

Estée Lauder

With the recent acquisition of Tom Ford beauty, all eyes are on Estée Lauder once more. This iconic beauty company houses its namesake brand as well as Mac, Clinique, Jo Malone, La Mer and many more. There are several opportunities available at the company in Australia, including retail counter management, brand specialists and makeup artists. Discover all of those right here.

Did you know that Professional Beauty has a dedicated job board?
See a range of opportunities within the industry here

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