Queensland leads continued increases in online job advertisements.

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245,400 newly lodged job advertisements were recorded by the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) in May 2021, representing the 13th consecutive month of growth in recruitment activity.

The IVI increased by 1.9% or 4,500 job advertisements over the month to remain at its highest level in over 12 years (since October 2008).

Released today, the May 2021 detailed Vacancy Report shows job advertisements exceed pre-COVID-19 levels across all 48 detailed occupational groups.

Key points

  • Job advertisements are up 46.0% or 77,300 compared with pre-COVID-19 levels.
  • The national growth in recruitment activity observed over May 2021 was driven by the strong gains in Queensland, with recruitment activity increasing 6.4% or by 2,900 job advertisements.
    • This increase exceeds the gains observed for all other states and territories combined during May 2021.
  • Compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, in three month moving average terms, job advertisements have increased in all 37 IVI regions. While the bulk of recruitment activity (74.5%) remains concentrated in capital cities, the strongest growth over the year was observed in regional areas.
  • The May 2021 Vacancy Report detailed results are now available on the Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP).



National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, is available for written response media enquiries on the Internet Vacancy Index.

The IVI is the only publicly available source of detailed data on online vacancies, including for around 350 occupations (at all skill levels), as well as for the states/territories and 37 regions. The IVI is based on a count of online job advertisements newly lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian Job Search during the month. As such, the IVI does not reflect the total number of job advertisements in the labour market as it does not include jobs advertised through other online job boards, employer websites, word of mouth, in newspapers, and advertisements in shop windows. The IVI also does not take account of multiple positions being advertised in a single job advertisement.