Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey

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    Introduction

    Jobs and Skills Australia surveys at least 1,000 employers each month to find out about their experience when recruiting staff as well as whether they are expecting to increase staffing levels. This feedback provides insights about labour market conditions and helps in developing resources designed to help job seekers understand what employers are looking for.

    Key indicators - May 2024

    Recruitment activity Recruitment difficulty rate Expect to increase staff

    47%

    56%

    19%

    Monthly change: -1% pts
    Yearly change: -4% pts
    Monthly change: 3% pts
    Yearly change: -11% pts
    Monthly change: -1% pts
    Yearly change: -5% pts

    Recruitment activity and future staffing expectations both declined over the month to May 2024. While the recruitment difficulty rate rose in May, it still remains well below levels recorded a year ago.

    In smoothed terms, the recruitment rate has been slightly declining since the start of the year. In recent months, the smoothed recruitment difficulty rate has remained relatively steady, however results over the coming months will confirm underlying trends. 
     

    Recruitment activity

    Recruitment activity eased by 1 percentage point over the month, to 47% of employers in May 2024. This is 4 percentage points less than in May 2023 and 12 percentage points lower than the record high of 59% in mid-2022.

    In Capital Cities, 45% of employers were recruiting, 4 percentage points lower than a month ago and also 4 percentage points lower than a year ago.

    The recruitment rate in Rest of State areas (which typically covers regional Australia) increased by 4 percentage points over the month to 51% of employers. Despite this increase, it remains 4 percentage points lower than a year ago.

    Proportion of employers who were currently recruiting or who had recruited in the past month

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, May 2024.

    Recruitment difficulty

    Recruitment difficulty increased by 3 percentage points to 56% of recruiting employers in May 2024. This is 11 percentage points lower than last year and 19 percentage points lower than the peak of 75% recorded in July 2022.

    In the Capital Cities, the recruitment difficulty rate increased strongly to 57% of recruiting employers in May 2024. On the other hand, difficulty in Rest of State areas decreased to 53% of recruiting employers, resulting in a lower recruitment difficulty rate than Capital Cities for the first month since March 2023. The long-term trend of the recruitment difficulty rate for both regions, however, has shown consistent decreases since the peak in mid-2022

    Proportion of recruiting employers who had recruitment difficulty

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, May 2024.

    Staffing outlook: employers expecting to increase staff

    The proportion of employers expecting to increase staff numbers in the next three months eased by 1 percentage point to 19% in May 2024. This was 5 percentage points lower than May last year.

    Expectations to increase staffing levels have been particularly variable across metropolitan and regional areas in recent months. Fewer employers expected to increase their future staffing levels in Capital Cities (17%) than in Rest of State areas (23%).

    Only 4% of employers surveyed in May 2024 expected to decrease their staffing levels in the next 3 months. This proportion has been unchanged since March 2024, but remains 1 percentage point higher than in May last year.

    Proportion of employers expecting to increase staffing levels over the next 3 months

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, May 2024.

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    Recruitment Insights Report - monthly

    REOS Recruitment Insights Report - May 2024

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    Recruitment Insights Report - May 2024 data file

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    Upcoming release:

    June 2024 REOS Recruitment Insights Report - 16 July 2024

    Recruitment Insights Report - April 2024

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    Recruitment Insights Report - March 2024

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    Recruitment Insights Report - February 2024

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    Recruitment Insights Report - January 2024

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    Recruitment Insights Report - December 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - November 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - October 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - September 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - August 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - July 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - June 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - May 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - April 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - March 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - February 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - January 2023

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    Recruitment Insights Report - December 2022

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    Recruitment Insights Report - November 2022

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    Spotlight articles

    REOS March quarter 2024 results

    The Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS) March quarter 2024 report provides a detailed breakdown of REOS survey results across the states and territories, remoteness areas, industries, and occupations. Over the year, there has been a widespread softening in recruitment activity and recruitment difficulty across most states and territories and in most industries and occupations.

    Of the states, Queensland (56%) recorded the highest recruitment in the March quarter 2024. Queensland and Western Australia recorded the highest rates of recruitment difficulty, 56% and 54% respectively. Six-monthly averaged data for the Northern Territory revealed it was the only area to report an increase in recruitment activity over the year, standing at 70% in the March quarter 2024, while it also had the highest rate of recruitment difficulty (59%).

    Employers in the Accommodation and Food Services industry were the most likely to be recruiting (64%) and had the lowest recruitment difficulty rate (36%). On the other hand, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services had the lowest recruitment rate (41%) and a high recruitment difficulty rate (54%). 

    Employers had the most difficulty recruiting for Technicians and Trades workers (71%), while Clerical and Administrative Workers had the lowest recruitment difficulty rate (33%).
     

    REOS Spotlight - March quarter 2024 results

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    REOS Spotlight - March quarter 2024 results

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    Upcoming release:

    July 2024 REOS Spotlight – 4 July 2024

    REOS spotlight - Employers' experiences recruiting for apprentices - April 2024

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    REOS Spotlight - Employers' retention issues

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    REOS Spotlight - Jobless applicants December 2023

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    REOS Spotlight - December quarter 2023 results

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    Recruitment Spotlight - Employers greatest concerns for the future - October 2023

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    Spotlight - September quarter 2023 results - November 2023

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    Recruitment Spotlight - Employers unrealised vacancies - September 2023

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    Recruitment patterns for entry level vacancies - August 2023

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    Recruitment Spotlight - Recent trends in recruitment difficulty - June 2023

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    Recruitment Conditions in Capital Cities and Rest of State Areas - April 2023

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    Recruitment difficulty for Hospitality Workers - February 2023

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    Employers Who Hired a Jobless Applicant - November 2022

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    Spotlights prior to November 2022 are available at Recruitment insights | Labour Market Insights.