Recruitment difficulty eases relative to 2022 rates but recruitment activity remains high

This story was first published on Tuesday 21 March 2023.

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Jobs and Skills Australia’sRecruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey shows that recruitment activity remained high in February 2023, relative to levels recorded over the past three years, with 55% of employers recruiting during the month.

The proportion of recruiting employers experiencing recruitment difficulty rose moderately over the month, by 5 percentage points to stand at 61% in February 2023.

Despite increasing in February, this is 14 percentage points lower than the record high of 75% of recruiting employers reporting difficulty, recorded in July 2022.

Some 27% of surveyed employers expected to increase their staffing levels in the next three months. This is 3 percentage points higher than in January 2023, and 6 percentage points lower than 12 months ago (33%). The proportion of employers who expected to decrease staff rose by one percentage point to 3% this month.