July Recruitment Insights Report out now

This story was first published on Tuesday 15 August 2023.

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The July Recruitment Insights Report with the latest Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS) data is now available.

Results indicate that there were small increases in the recruitment rate and proportion of employers expecting to increase staffing levels, while recruitment difficulty continued to ease. Labour market conditions have softened considerably compared with this time last year when recruitment activity and difficulty were at all-time highs.

Recruitment activity rose by 2 percentage points over the month, with 51% of employers recruiting, but remains 8 percentage points lower than a year ago.

A higher proportion of employers (52%) recruited in regional Australia (or Rest of State areas) than in the Capital Cities (50%) in July 2023. Over the month, recruitment activity increased by 4 percentage points in Capital Cities and decreased by 2 percentage points in Rest of State areas.

Recruitment difficulty eased by 4 percentage points to 59% of recruiting employers in July 2023, (representing 30% of all employers). Notably, recruitment difficulty is now 16 percentage points lower than a year ago.  

The proportion of employers who expected to increase staffing levels over the next 3 months rose by 2 percentage points, to 23% in July 2023.