Findings from the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey 2021–22
Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) has released a series of reports providing insights into the methods of recruitment used by employers across each of the states and territories.
Research shows employers use a wide range of methods to recruit. Advertising on internet job boards is the most common method of finding staff with almost two-thirds of recruiting employers using this method in 2022. These reports also highlight the growing use of social media to recruit over the last six years and that the use of social media and word of mouth to recruit increases with remoteness. Some employers don’t advertise to fill their vacancies. In 2022 around one in seven recruiting employers (14%) did not advertise their most recent vacancy and only used word of mouth and/or considered job seekers who approached the business directly.
Recruitment methods can differ significantly depending on the location of the employer or vacancy. In Australia’s major cities 68% of recruiting employers used internet job boards in 2022 far more than in regional areas where usage sits at just over half of recruiting employers. In some regional areas use of newspapers for job advertisements is still fairly common however is extremely limited in most city regions.
For information about the REOS survey or the Recruitment methods used by employers reports please email REOS@jobsandskills.gov.au or telephone 1800 059 439 (REOS survey enquiries only).