Recruitment activity for Labourers has shown strong growth over recent months, up by 133.0% or 7,500 job advertisements since its series low point in April 2020.
Our latest detailed Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) release shows a continuation of the strong recovery in recruitment activity. Over the month of November 2020, job advertisements increased by 12,300 or 7.8% nationally to stand at 169,900. Over the year to November 2020, job advertisements increased by 17,100 or 11.2%.
The strongest growth amongst occupations over the year can be seen for Labourers, up by 46.3% since November 2019 (or 4,200 job advertisements). Nationally, there were 13,200 job advertisements for Labourers in November 2020.
This increased recruitment activity for Labourers is particularly evident in Queensland and Western Australia, with job advertisements in those states reaching their highest levels in 8 years.
At the more detailed occupational level (ANZSCO 2-digit groups), the occupations driving the growth for Labourers include Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers (up by 81.0% or 450 job advertisements over the year), Cleaners and Laundry Workers (71.2% or 1,100 job advertisements), Food Preparation Assistants (51.8% or 480 job advertisements), Other Labourers1 (41.7% or 1,400 job advertisements) and Construction and Mining Labourers (33.3% or 330 job advertisements).
High levels of recruitment activity for Labourers presents job seekers with many entry level opportunities, as employment in this occupational group generally requires less formal education or professional qualifications.
 Other Labourers includes Labourers not elsewhere classified, such as Freight Handlers and Shelf Fillers.