A year of continuous growth in job advertisements

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The detailed release of the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) shows 243,500 online job advertisements were newly lodged in April 2021, representing the 12th consecutive month of growth in recruitment activity.

The IVI increased by 3.3% or 7,800 job advertisements over the month to stand, for the second month in a row, at its highest level in over 12 years (since October 2008).

The Vacancy Report for April 2021, released today, shows job advertisements exceed pre-COVID-19 levels across all 48 detailed occupational groups.

Key points

  • Job advertisements increased across all eight broad occupational groups as well as all skill level groups during April 2021.
    • Recruitment activity for Community and Personal Service Workers reached an all-time series high (highest level since the beginning of the IVI series in January 2006) of 26,900 jobs advertised in April 2021.
  • Job advertisement growth in the month of April was concentrated in New South Wales and Victoria, with a small increase in Tasmania. All other states and territories recorded falls in recruitment activity.
  • In three month moving average terms, job advertisements increased in all 37 IVI regions over the year to April 2021. While the bulk of recruitment activity (74.1%) remains concentrated in capital cities, the strongest growth over the year was observed in regional areas.
  • Recruitment activity has increased significantly compared with levels observed prior to the COVID-19 downturn. Job advertisements are up 44.8% or 75,300 compared with pre-COVID-19 levels.
  • The April 2021 Vacancy Report detailed results are now available on the Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP).



Ellie Yates &
Claire O’Halloran               0467 940492                   media@skillscommission.gov.au