Recruitment difficulty remains high in August 2022

Recruitment difficulty remains high in August 2022

This story was first published on Tuesday 20 September 2022.
If you wish to use this content, please contact to confirm that the information is still current.

The NSC’s Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey for August 2022 continues to reflect a tight labour market.

Recruitment activity remained high with 56% of employers reporting recruitment activity, which was 3 percentage points lower than last month.

Over the month, the recruitment difficulty rate eased by 1 percentage point to 74% of recruiting employers (representing 41% of all employers), but was nevertheless the second-highest recruitment difficulty rate recorded for this series.

Although the recruitment difficulty rate increased slightly in Capital Cities (up 1 percentage point on last month to 75%), it fell in Rest-of-State areas (down by 6 percentage points to 71%).

The proportion of employers who expected to increase their staffing levels over the next 3 months rose by 6 percentage points to 31%. Some 3% of employers were expecting to decrease staffing in the next three months, the same proportion as last month.