Job ad growth continues in February

Job ad growth continues in February

The NSC’s February Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) shows online job ads have increased by 3.6% (9,300 job advertisements) to stand at 269,700. 

The increase in job advertisements occurred across all occupational skill levels for the second consecutive month, with the largest percentage increases in: 

  • Skill Level 3 occupations (commensurate with a Certificate III or IV) rising by 5.3% (or 2,000 job advertisements)
  • Skill Level 2 occupations (commensurate with an Advanced Diploma or Diploma; up 4.3% or 1,200 job advertisements)
  • Skill Level 4 occupations (commensurate with Certificate II or III; increasing by 4.2% or 2,900 job advertisements).

Job advertisements increased across 40 of the 48 detailed occupational groups during February 2022. The largest increase in the number of advertisements was for Hospitality Workers, up by 1,300 job advertisements (or 14.2%) after declining in January.  
Regional recruitment also remains strong, with three month moving average data showing the greatest percentage increases compared to pre-COVID levels in:

  • North West Tasmania (115.9% or 310 job advertisements) 
  • South West WA (114.6% or 760 job advertisements) 
  • Tamworth and North West NSW (111.5% or 610 job advertisements)
  • Sunshine Coast QLD (106.3% or 1,700 job advertisements)
  • Bendigo and High Country VIC (102.2% or 1,800 job advertisements).

The February 2022 Vacancy Report detailed results are now available here.