September 2021 preliminary Internet Vacancy Index results

Recruitment activity increased across five states and the Northern Territory during September 2021. New South Wales recorded the largest increase in job ads, up by 10,400 (16.7%). This increase may reflect greater business confidence as the State approaches vaccination targets that will see restrictions progressively eased and also parts of the State emerging from lockdown in September.

However, job ads continued to fall over the month in Victoria (down by 1,200 or 2.1%) and the ACT (down by 120 or 1.9%).

The level of recruitment activity nationally remains significantly elevated compared to pre-COVID-19 levels*, up by 36.2% (60,800 job advertisements). This growth is reflected across all jurisdictions, with the strongest gains recorded for Tasmania (up by 80.2%), South Australia (70.1%) and Western Australia (69.8%).

The detailed release of the IVI, including occupational, regional and skill level data, will be available on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

*Pre-COVID-19 job advertisement levels are defined as the 12-month average in the seasonally adjusted IVI series to February 2020.