In May 2021, 51% of employers surveyed as part of the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey were recruiting or had recruited in the past month, a 2 percentage point increase on April 2021.
Recruitment difficulty has dropped by one percentage point, with 53% of recruiting employers reporting they experienced difficulty filling their vacancies.
The proportion of employers expecting to increase staffing levels dropped slightly but remain relatively strong, with 21% of employers surveyed expecting to increase their staffing levels in the next 3 months.
Health Care and Social Assistance Recruitment Experiences in focus
This month the NSC has examined the recruitment experiences of employers in sub-sectors within Health Care and Social Assistance.
From August 2020 to May 2021, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry recorded a relatively high recruitment rate (53%), mainly driven by 3 sub-sectors: Residential Care Services (72%), Other Social Assistance Services (65%) and Child Care Services (62%). Allied Health Services, on the other hand, had a low proportion of employers recruiting (37%).
For most sub-sectors, the rate of recruitment difficulty was in line with the average for all industries. However, recruitment difficulty was high in Child Care Services (55%) and low in Medical Services (37%). Occupations within Health Care and Social Assistance for which employers commonly reported recruitment difficulty include Early Childhood Teachers, Child Carers, Dental Assistants, and Aged and Disabled Carers.
The report can be viewed in full at lmip.gov.au.