Online job ads show lower skilled occupations continue to fall in December

This story was first published on Wednesday 25 January 2023.

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Jobs and Skills Australia’s December Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) shows that in seasonally adjusted terms, online job advertisements at the national level were fairly stable in December 2022, with a small decrease of 0.3% (or 820 job advertisements) over the month to stand at 272,500. Recent recruitment activity has been subdued following a downward trend since the June 2022 peak, but activity over the year to December 2022 remains elevated, up by 6.3% (or 16,200 job advertisements).

Job advertisements decreased in three of the five Skill Level groups and four of the eight major occupational groups. The lower skilled occupations continue to show larger decreases with Skill Level 5 occupations (commensurate with Certificate I or secondary education) recording the strongest fall, down by 2.5% (or 840 job advertisements). This was reflected in occupation groups with the strongest fall recorded for Labourers, down by 4.2% (or 850 job advertisements).

Job advertisements increased in 24 of the 48 detailed occupational groups during December 2022.

Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers recorded the largest increase (up by 670 job advertisements or 6.2%).

General-Inquiry Clerks, Call Centre Workers, and Receptionists recorded the largest decrease (down by 720 job advertisements or 3.5%), marking four consecutive months of decreases and totalling a decrease of 3,900 job advertisements or 16.6% since the peak in June 2022.

The December 2022 Vacancy Report detailed results are now available on Jobs and Skills Australia website.

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