Impact of COVID-19 on selected industries

Businesses in the Accommodation and Food Services industry were most likely to have increased staffing levels during July 2020 according to the latest data release from the National Skills Commission (NSC).

Data collected by the NSC through its ongoing business survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on selected industries including Accommodation and Food Services, Construction, Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, and Retail Trade.

Of the 1,143 businesses surveyed in July, 10% recorded an increase in staffing levels in the past month. Although this is a slight decline from the 11% recorded in June 2020, this result is well above the 4% recorded in April, when lockdown restrictions were in place across most of Australia.

Although 24% of businesses in the Accommodation and Food Services industry recorded an increase in staff levels during July, 54% of businesses in the industry still had staff stood down or on reduced hours, the highest of the industries surveyed.

Businesses in Accommodation and Food Services were also most likely to expect staffing levels to increase in the coming months (27%), followed by Health Care and Social Assistance (21%). In comparison, only 12% of businesses in Retail Trade expected to increase staffing levels in the coming months.

The National Skills Commission will continue to conduct surveys of businesses across Australia to analyse the impacts of COVID-19. The data from these surveys are providing valuable insights into labour market trends to help Australia navigate the economic recovery.

For more information on the Impacts of COVID-19 on businesses survey, or this report, email RecruitmentAnalysis@skillscommission.gov.au.

To view the full report or previous editions of the report visit the Labour Market Information Portal.