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The Australian Government have recently released some stats on the labour markets and job recruitment stats from around the country as we slowly navigate the shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the closure of businesses and general feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, both employers, employees and job seekers are feeling overwhelmed by this disruption to our way of living. However, as we slowly move towards a post-pandemic future, what does the data say about our labour market? In this article, Skills Certified highlights some of the key metrics from this research.

Future Staffing Expectations and Business Confidence

At the week ending on 26th June 2020, 21% of businesses are expecting an increase in staffing. This is back to similar levels of expected increase in staffing from back in the week ending on 14th February 2020.

When looking at specific industries, businesses in Accommodation and Food services see a higher expectation of increased staffing (at 35%), likely due to the easing of restrictions across various states.

The next highest industry for expected increase in staffing is Health Care & Social Assistance (at 26%), with Child Care being a sub-sector expected to see the highest increase in staffing.

And at the end of 26th June 2020, 66% of businesses say they are very confident that they will be able to remain open in the upcoming months.

Jobs in Demand | Employer Survey

This survey was undertaken between 8th June 2020 – 3rd July 2020, is of businesses that operate in industries that are likely to be currently experiencing relatively strong demand for goods and services. The five industries targeted in this research are Health Care and Social Assistance; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; Retail

Trade; and Wholesale Trade.

Out of the 2225 employers contacted, 22.9% are recruiting for staff. Out of those positions that are being recruited: 27% are newly created positions, 51% are positions due to turn over and 21% cover both those reasons.

Recruitment Trends

(Source: Australian Government, National Skills Commission, Jobs in Demand Employer Survey – 8 June – 3 July 2020, Link to Research)

As restrictions ease and the labour markets start to understand how to better deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, different industries are preparing for more hires.

Qualification & Licenses Required in the Positions Being Recruited

  • No Formal Education Required (25%)
  • Certificate III (20%)
  • Driver's Licence (13%)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (13%)
  • Diploma (13%)
  • Truck/Heavy Vehicle Licence (12%)
  • Full Trade Qualification (12%)
  • Forklift Licence Certificate IV (9%)
  • Partially completed trade (2%)


If you are looking to upskill or get an RPL to prepare for the labour market’s increase in open positions, get in touch with Skills Certified.

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