Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey

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    Introduction

    Jobs and Skills Australia surveys at least 1000 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 - January 2024

    Recruitment activity Recruitment difficulty rate Expect to increase staff

    48%

    55%

    24%

    Monthly change: 1% pts
    Yearly change: -7% pts
    Monthly change: 4% pts
    Yearly change: -1% pts
    Monthly change: 4% pts
    Yearly change: 0% pts

    The recruitment rate edged up marginally in January 2024 due to a slight increase in recruitment activity in capital cities. There was an increase in the share of employers expecting to increase their staffing levels in the future, which may reflect businesses preparing to commence recruiting again in the early part of the year. The proportion of employers experiencing recruitment difficulty increased over the month to a level recently seen in the months leading up to December 2023.

    Recruitment rate

    In January 2024, 48% of surveyed employers recruited. This was 1 percentage point higher than December 2023 but 7 percentage points lower than in January 2023.

    • In Capital Cities, 45% of employers recruited in January 2024, 1 percentage point higher than December 2023.
    • The recruitment rate was 53% in Rest of State areas, the same as the previous month.

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

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, January 2024.

    Recruitment difficulty

    The recruitment difficulty rate rose by 4 percentage points over the month, to 55% of recruiting employers. Despite this increase, the trend over most of 2023 has been for a reduction in the recruitment difficulty rate, which currently sits 20 percentage points below the peak of 75% in July 2022.

    • In Capital Cities, 49% of recruiting employers experienced recruitment difficulty, 1 percentage point higher than the previous month.
    • Recruitment difficulty in Rest of State areas increased by 8 percentage points over the month to 64%.

    Proportion of recruiting employers who had recruitment difficulty

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, January 2024.

    Staffing outlook

    The proportion of employers expecting to increase their staffing levels in the next three months increased by 4 percentage points, to 24% in January 2024.

    • Only 1% of employers were expecting their staffing levels to decrease, 4 percentage points lower than last month.

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

    Source: Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, January 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 - 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 December quarter 2023 results

    The Recruitment Expectations and Outlook Survey (REOS) December quarter 2023 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 (55%) had the highest recruitment rate, while South Australia’s recruitment rate (46%) was the lowest. Recruitment difficulty was most elevated in New South Wales and South Australia (both 60%). At 43% of recruiting employers, Tasmania’s recruitment difficulty rate was the lowest. Of the two territories, the Northern Territory had a higher recruitment rate (67%) and recruitment difficulty rate (62%) than the Australian Capital Territory (54% and 51% respectively).

    Employers in the Accommodation and Food Services industry were the most likely to be recruiting (70%) and had the lowest recruitment difficulty rate (41%). On the other hand, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services had the lowest recruitment rate (35%) and a high recruitment difficulty rate (69%).

    Employers had the most difficulty recruiting for Technicians and Trades workers (73%), while Clerical and Administrative Workers had the lowest recruitment difficulty rate (36%).

    REOS Spotlight - December quarter 2023 results

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    REOS Spotlight - Jobless applicants December 2023

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    REOS Spotlight - Jobless applicants December 2023

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    Spotlight - September quarter 2023 results - November 2023

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