Online job advertisements increase in April 2023

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Jobs and Skills Australia’s April Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) shows that, in seasonally adjusted terms, online job advertisements increased at the national level (up 3.6% or 10,100 job advertisements) over the month to 294,500. Recruitment activity over the year to April 2023 was up 0.7% (or 2,100 job advertisements).

Job advertisements increased across all skill level groups. Skill Level 2 (commensurate with Advanced Diploma or Diploma) occupations increased by 5.3% (or 1,600 job advertisements) and Skill Level 1 (commensurate with Bachelor degree or higher) occupations increased by 4.7% (or 4,900 job advertisements) over the month. Over the year to April 2023, job advertisements increased by 11.0% for Skill Level 1 occupations, but declined by 19.2% for Skill Level 5 occupations (commensurate with Certificate I or secondary education).

Recruitment activity increased across seven major occupational groups in April 2023. The strongest growth was observed for Sales Workers (up 5.3% or 1,100 job advertisements) and Professionals (up 5.0% or 4,100 job advertisements).

Job advertisements increased in 43 of the 48 detailed occupational groups during the month.

Medical Practitioners and Nurses recorded the largest increase (up 850 job advertisements or 5.5%), followed by Sales Assistants and Salespersons (up 750 job advertisements or 5.5%).

Jobs and Skills Australia’s Recruitment Methods Analysis Reports indicates that online job boards are the most commonly used tool employers deploy to fill vacancies, with 63% of employers using internet job boards in 2022 (up from 56% of employers using this method in 2021).

More detailed analysis of responses to Jobs and Skills Australia’s Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey indicate 60% of total reported vacancies were advertised on internet job boards covered by the IVI in 2022, up from 38% in 2016.