First Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey report released

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In February 2021, 46% of the employers surveyed as part of the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey were currently recruiting or had recruited in the past month.

The release marks the first of a new monthly National Skills Commission report, which provides a snapshot of what employers are currently experiencing in the recruitment market.

Key findings

  • Employers in the Construction industry were the most likely to expect to increase their staffing levels over the next three months (26%).
  • In February, 20% of employers expected to increase their staffing levels over the next 3 months, compared with 22% in December 2020 and 16% in June 2020.
  • Employers in New South Wales (50%) were most likely to report that they were recruiting, compared with 42% of employers in Victoria.
  • The proportion of businesses currently recruiting continues to be greater in Rest of State areas (49%) compared with Capital Cities (44%).
  • Of those employers recruiting, the share reporting recruitment difficulty decreased slightly from 39% in December 2020 to 38% in February 2021. Recruitment difficulty remains higher in Rest of State areas (41%) than in Capital Cities (36%).

The report can be viewed in full at lmip.gov.au.

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Contact:

Ellie Yates or Claire O’Halloran, 0467 940 492 media@skillscommission.gov.au

MEDIA NOTES

  • National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, is available for written response media enquiries on the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey.
  • Information in the Recruitment Insight Reports are based on the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, which is an ongoing survey of employers across Australia. Approximately 1,200 employers are surveyed each month, with data published on the Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP) as a weekly data file and a monthly report.
  • Recruitment activity is defined as the proportion of employers who were recruiting at the time of the survey or who had recruited in the previous month.
  • Recruitment difficulty measures the proportion of recruiting employers (those currently recruiting or who had recruited in the past month) who responded that it was difficult to fill their vacancy/vacancies
  • In this release, ‘February’ refers to the four weeks to 26 February 2021, while ‘December’ refers to the four weeks to 18 December 2020.
  • While the data are indicative of recruitment activity, they may be subject to seasonal factors and other volatility and should therefore be treated with caution. In addition, the survey is targeted towards employers with five or more employees, and excludes many government organisations.