Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS)

We continuously survey employers to monitor recruitment activity in the labour market. Data from the current Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS) is released regularly and covers on a range of topics including the business impacts of COVID-19, current recruitment activity, recruitment difficulty, recruitment methods, business risks and future staffing expectations.

Information about the survey and participants is below. 

Results from the survey are published each week in spreadsheet format, with a monthly report also available from February 2021. Discover more on LMIP and view the below interactive graphs that draw data from the REOS. 

Proportion of employers recruiting
4 weeks ending All employers Greater Capital Cities Rest of State areas
26-Jun-20 22 22 23
3-Jul-20 25 24 26
10-Jul-20 28 27 31
17-Jul-20 30 28 34
24-Jul-20 31 28 37
31-Jul-20 30 27 37
7-Aug-20 30 27 36
14-Aug-20 30 28 35
21-Aug-20 32 29 37
28-Aug-20 33 30 37
4-Sep-20 33 31 37
11-Sep-20 35 33 37
18-Sep-20 33 31 37
25-Sep-20 35 32 39
2-Oct-20 34 31 40
9-Oct-20 34 30 41
16-Oct-20 37 32 45
23-Oct-20 40 36 46
30-Oct-20 42 39 46
6-Nov-20 43 40 47
13-Nov-20 45 43 48
20-Nov-20 44 42 49
27-Nov-20 45 40 55
4-Dec-20 46 41 55
11-Dec-20 45 40 54
18-Dec-20 45 39 54
Series break
5-Feb-21 44 42 47
12-Feb-21 45 42 50
19-Feb-21 47 45 51
26-Feb-21 46 44 49
5-Mar-21 47 45 50
12-Mar-21 47 44 50
19-Mar-21 47 45 50
26-Mar-21 47 44 51
2-Apr-21 46 44 49
9-Apr-21 46 44 47
16-Apr-21 47 44 52
23-Apr-21 49 48 50
30-Apr-21 49 48 51
07-May-21 50 48 54
14-May-21 48 46 53
21-May-21 49 45 57
21-May-21 51 47 59
4-Jun-21 52 48 59
11-Jun-21 51 48 56
18-Jun-21 50 49 51
25-Jun-21 49 49 48
2-Jul-21 48 49 46
9-Jul-21 50 52 48
16-Jul-21 51 52
23-Jul-21 48 46 51
30-Jul-21 45 43 48
6-Aug-21 44 42 46
13-Aug-21 42 41 44
20-Aug-21 39 37 43
27-Aug-21 39 37 44
Proportion of recruiting employers that had recruitment difficulty
4 weeks ending All recruiting employers Greater Capital Cities Rest of State areas
4-Sep-20 48 47 49
11-Sep-20 45 46 44
18-Sep-20 47 46 49
25-Sep-20 44 41 47
2-Oct-20 43 40 47
9-Oct-20 42 39 46
16-Oct-20 41 39 44
23-Oct-20 43 42 45
30-Oct-20 44 40 49
6-Nov-20 45 40 52
13-Nov-20 44 38 54
20-Nov-20 42 36 51
27-Nov-20 40 34 48
4-Dec-20 38 34 44
11-Dec-20 38 34 44
18-Dec-20 39 33 46
Series break
5-Feb-21 43 40 47
12-Feb-21 39 36 42
19-Feb-21 39 39 41
26-Feb-21 38 36 41
5-Mar-21 37 33 43
12-Mar-21 41 35 48
19-Mar-21 44 36 54
26-Mar-21 47 40 55
2-Apr-21 49 44 54
9-Apr-21 48 45 52
16-Apr-21 50 46 55
23-Apr-21 54 48 62
30-Apr-21 54 48 64
07-May-21 56 49 67
14-May-21 53 49 60
21-May-21 53 49 58
28-May-21 53 48 59
4-Jun-21 51 48 56
11-Jun-21 52 48 58
18-Jun-21 52 48 57
25-Jun-21 50 48 54
2-Jul-21 50 46 57
9-Jul-21 50 44 59
16-Jul-21 52 44 62
23-Jul-21 53 44 63
30-Jul-21 52 46 60
6-Aug-21 52 46 60
13-Aug-21 52 47 58
20-Aug-21 50 47 55
27-Aug-21 52 50 54
Expected changes to staffing levels over the next 3 months
4 weeks ending Expect to increase Expect to decrease
24-Apr-20 3 21
1-May-20 5 16
8-May-20 8 9
15-May-20 10 6
22-May-20 12 6
29-May-20 13 5
5-Jun-20 14 4
12-Jun-20 15 3
19-Jun-20 15 2
26-Jun-20 16 2
3-Jul-20 17 3
10-Jul-20 18 4
17-Jul-20 17 4
24-Jul-20 15 5
31-Jul-20 13 6
7-Aug-20 12 7
14-Aug-20 12 8
21-Aug-20 13 8
28-Aug-20 13 7
4-Sep-20 13 5
11-Sep-20 13 5
18-Sep-20 13 6
25-Sep-20 15 6
2-Oct-20 18 6
9-Oct-20 19 6
16-Oct-20 21 3
23-Oct-20 21 3
30-Oct-20 23 3
6-Nov-20 23 3
13-Nov-20 24 3
20-Nov-20 24 3
27-Nov-20 22 2
4-Dec-20 21 3
11-Dec-20 22 3
18-Dec-20 22 4
Series break
5-Feb-21 19 4
12-Feb-21 20 3
19-Feb-21 21 3
26-Feb-21 20 3
5-Mar-21 21 2
12-Mar-21 21 2
19-Mar-21 22 2
26-Mar-21 22 2
2-Apr-21 23 2
9-Apr-21 24 2
16-Apr-21 24 1
23-Apr-21 27 2
30-Apr-21 24 2
07-May-21 23 2
14-May-21 21 2
21-May-21 19 2
28-May-21 21 2
4-Jun-21 21 2
11-Jun-21 22 2
18-Jun-21 22 2
25-Jun-21 20 2
2-Jul-21 20 2
9-Jul-21 20 2
16-Jul-21 22 3
23-Jul-21 20 4
30-Jul-21 19 4
6-Aug-21 19 4
13-Aug-21 18 4
20-Aug-21 18 5
27-Aug-21 18 5

Data notes

  • Recruitment activity refers to the proportion of employers either currently recruiting or who had recruited in the previous month.
  • Recruitment difficulty rate is the proportion of recruiting employers who experienced difficulty hiring.
  • Expect to increase refers to the proportion of employers who expect to increase staffing numbers over the next three months. Expect to decrease refers to the proportion of employers who expect to decrease staffing numbers over the next three months.

Data are published as four week averages. While the data are indicative of recruitment activity, they may be subject to seasonal factors and volatility. The survey is targeted towards employers with five or more employees and excludes government organisations. Please refer to LMIP for more details.

Results for Greater Capital Cities have not been published for the 4-week period ending 16 July 2021, as Greater Sydney has not been surveyed for the 3 weeks ending 16 July 2021 due to employers being in lockdown. Results for ‘All employers’ also do not reflect the Greater Sydney lockdown and should be used with caution.

Information for participants 

The National Skills Commission is conducting a survey to understand your local labour market and the impact of COVID-19 on Australian jobs and businesses. 

You may have been directed to this page by one of our interviewers. 

The quality of this research relies heavily on the participation of employers like you. We know that your time is valuable and completing this survey will take less than 5 minutes. 

What will you be asked? 

We will ask you about the extent of the impact on your business since the onset of COVID-19, including if and how you have to operate your business differently; how your staffing levels may have changed; and whether you have new staffing arrangements in place. 

We will also ask you whether you have recently tried to recruit staff and your experiences during this process. 

We understand that some of these questions may be difficult for you to answer, but we value your direct input and appreciate your contribution, at a time that is difficult for many people. 

How will the information be used? 

With things changing rapidly, accurate and timely data is essential. The information you provide will assist us to understand the real-time impacts of COVID-19 on Australian jobs and businesses. 

This information will be used to keep the government and community informed, so that effective, targeted and well-designed responses can be developed. 

Information about employers’ recruitment activity and experiences, will also help to identify which jobs are in demand and the qualifications, skills and experience employers are seeking for these roles. 

Information from the survey will be available on this website and on LMIP

Our commitment to you 

The information you provide is kept secure and confidential. Your information is combined with information from other employers to produce statistics on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Australian labour market. This means individual businesses are not identified. Please view our privacy statement for more information.  

Should you have any questions about the survey please contact the Survey Operations Manager on 1800 059 439 or by email at recruitmentsurveys@skillscommission.gov.au.