Recruitment activity falls for the first time during the COVID-19 recovery

The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) fell in June 2021 by 0.5%, or 1,200 job advertisements. This was the first decline in the series since May 2020.

Despite the small fall in the month the detailed IVI report for June 2021, released today, shows recruitment activity remained elevated across all jurisdictions and occupational groups.

Key points

  • Job advertisements declined for five of the eight broad occupational groups during June 2021.
    • The strongest falls were recorded for Sales Workers, with recruitment activity down by 5.4% (or 1,000 job advertisements), followed by Community and Personal Service Workers (4.1% or 1,000 job advertisements) and Labourers (3.2% or 620 job advertisements).
  • Recruitment activity has nonetheless increased significantly compared with levels observed before the COVID-19 downturn. Job advertisements are up 43.8% or 73,700 compared with pre-COVID-19 levels.
  • Compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, in three-month moving average terms, job advertisements have increased in all 37 IVI regions. While most recruitment activity (74.6%) remains concentrated in capital cities, the strongest growth over the year was observed in regional areas.

The June 2021 Vacancy Report detailed results are now available on the Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP).