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 - April 2024

    Recruitment activity Recruitment difficulty rate Expect to increase staff

    48%

    53%

    20%

    Monthly change: -1% pts
    Yearly change: -2% pts
    Monthly change: 3% pts
    Yearly change: -9% pts
    Monthly change: -2% pts
    Yearly change: 0% pts

    Recruitment activity and future staffing expectations both declined over the month to April 2024. While the recruitment difficulty rate rose in April, this only partially offset the decrease recorded in the previous month. Recruitment activity eased considerably in regional Australia in April 2024, alongside a sharp decline in future staffing expectations.

    In smoothed terms, the recruitment rate has remained relatively steady over the last year. The smoothed recruitment difficulty rate has been declining for 11 consecutive months, while smoothed future staffing expectations also remain at a similar level to a year ago.
     

    Recruitment activity

    Recruitment activity eased by 1 percentage point over the month, to 48% of employers in April 2024. This is 2 percentage points less than in April 2023, and 11 percentage points lower than the record high of 59% recorded in mid-2022.

    • In Capital Cities, 49% of employers were recruiting, 3 percentage points higher than a month ago and only 1 percentage point higher than last year. 
    • The recruitment rate eased by 6 percentage points over the month to 47% of employers in Rest of State areas, also 6 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, April 2024.

    Recruitment difficulty

    Recruitment difficulty increased by 3 percentage points to 53% of recruiting employers in April 2024. This is 9 percentage points lower than last year, and 22 percentage points lower than the peak of 75% recorded in July 2022. 

    • In the Capital Cities, recruitment difficulty increased by 4 percentage points to 50% of recruiting employers in April 2024. This was 9 percentage points lower than April last year.
    • In April 2024, recruitment difficulty in Rest of State areas remained at 58% of recruiting employers, the same proportion as last month. It is currently 8 percentage points lower than in April 2023.

    Proportion of recruiting employers who had recruitment difficulty

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, April 2024.

    Staffing outlook: employers expecting to increase staff

    The proportion of employers expecting to increase staff numbers in the next three months eased by 2 percentage points to 20% of employers in April 2024. This is the same proportion reported in April 2023, and some 16 percentage points lower than the record high of 36% recorded in April 2022.

    More employers expected to increase their future staffing levels in Capital Cities (23%) than in Rest of State areas (15%).

    Only 4% of employers surveyed in April 2024 expected to decrease their staffing levels in the next 3 months. This proportion was unchanged from March 2024 and was also at the same level in April last year.

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

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, March 2024.

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    Recruitment Insights Report - monthly

    Recruitment Insights Report - April 2024

    REOS Recruitment Insights Report April 2024.pdf253445

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    Recruitment Insights Report - April 2024 data file.xlsx

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    Upcoming release:

    May 2024 REOS Recruitment Insights Report - 18 June 2024

    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

    Recruitment Insights Report - July 2023.pdf237305

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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

    reos_spotlight_-_march_quarter_2024_results.pdf368838

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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

    Recruitment difficulty for Hospitality Workers (February 2023).pdf244099

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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.