Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey

 

The National Skills Commission surveys approximately 1,200 employers each month to find out about their experience when recruiting staff as well as whether they are expecting to increase staffing levels. This feedback provides insights about labour market conditions and to develop resources designed to help job seekers understand what employers are looking for.

The Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS) is one of a number of sources of labour market information available, including the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI), Small Area Labour Markets (SALM), the Employment Region Dashboards and Profiles the Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation (NERO), and Five-Year Employment Projections.


Key indicators - May 2022


Recruitment activity

Recruitment activity varies by location and industry and reflects other factors which may be having an impact on the economy, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May 2022:

  • 59% of employers were recruiting in May 2022, 3 percentage points higher than last month and the highest proportion since the series began in June 2020.
  • The recruitment rate in Capital Cities (58%) was slightly lower than in Rest of State areas (60%).

Source: National Skills Commission, Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, May 2022


Recruitment difficulty

In May 2022, some 68% of recruiting employers experienced recruitment difficulty, an increase of 4 percentage points since April 2022.

Proportion of recruiting employers with recruitment difficulty, by region type

Source: National Skills Commission, Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, May 2022


Staffing outlook

Employers are asked how they expect their staffing levels to change over the next 3 months.

In May 2022:

  • 32% of employers expected to increase their staffing levels over the next 3 months, which was a decline on April 2022 (36%), but 12 percentage points higher compared with a year ago.
  • 2% of employers expected to decrease their staffing levels over the next 3 months.

Expectations to increase staff by region type, as a proportion of all employers

Source: National Skills Commission, Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey, May 2022


Spotlight

Time taken to fill (or try to fill) vacancies

As part of the REOS, recruiting employers have been asked about the time it has taken them to fill their vacancies (if they filled all their vacancies), or how long they have had vacancies go unfilled (if they had at least one unfilled vacancy). This month's Spotlight shows findings from looking at the length of time filling – or trying to fill – vacancies. Some key findings include:

  • Since 2019, and over 2021-22 to date an ever-increasing proportion of recruiting employers had at least one of their vacancies go unfilled for more than one month.
  • Employers recruiting for Community and Personal Service Workers and Labourers have seen the largest shifts in the time it takes to fill vacancies.
  • Recruitment difficulty has increased in parallel with the length and success of recruitment, with those on the extreme end who had vacancies go unfilled for longer than one month experiencing the highest level of difficulty.

For more information, please see the full report published below (Recruitment Insights Report - May 2022).


Reports

Recruitment Insights Report – monthly

The Recruitment Insights Report highlights key findings and trends in recruitment activity, recruitment difficulty and future staffing expectations. Each report is accompanied by an excel datafile containing time series data for each key indicator. Each report also features a 'Spotlight' section which explores a particular topic.

The Spotlight for May 2022 explores how the time taken to fill vacancies varies by the occupation recruited for, and how this has changed since before the onset of COVID-19.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report May 2022

(485 Kb)

Excel document
Recruitment Insights Report May 2022 Data File

(1.03 Mb)

The Spotlight for the April 2022 report is on recruitment difficulty for truck drivers. 

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report April 2022

(442 Kb)

Excel document
Recruitment Insights Report April 2022 Data File

(1.03 Mb)

The Spotlight for the March 2022 report is on the job status of employers' recent hires.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report March 2022

(586 Kb)

Excel document
Recruitment Insights Report March 2022 Data File

(1.04 Mb)

February 2022's Spotlight is on measuring recruitment difficulty.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report February 2022

(742 Kb)

Excel document
Recruitment Insights Report February 2022 Data File

(1.04 Mb)

The Spotlight for the January 2022 report is on employers' reason for recruitment (turnover vs new positions).

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report January 2022

(512 Kb)

Excel document
Recruitment Insights Report January 2022 Data File

(1.04 Mb)

The Spotlight for the December 2021 report is on employers with retention difficulty.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report December 2021

(635 Kb)

Excel document
Recruitment Insights Report December 2021 Data File

(1.04 Mb)

The Spotlight for the November 2021 report is on impacts of recruitment difficulty.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report November 2021

(706 Kb)

The Spotlight for the October 2021 report is on recruitment difficulty for Hospitality Workers.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report October 2021

(680 Kb)

The Spotlight for the September 2021 report is on employers’ single greatest future concern.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report September 2021

(697 Kb)

The Spotlight for the August 2021 report is on employers with staff stood down, on reduced hours, or working from home.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report August 2021

(936 Kb)

The Spotlight for the July 2021 report features preliminary results on employers with retention difficulty. 

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report July 2021

(517 Kb)

The Spotlight for the June 2021 report is on recruitment experiences and expectations within the Accommodation and Food Services industry.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report June 2021

(605 Kb)

The Spotlight for the May 2021 report is on recruitment experiences and expectations within the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report May 2021

(620 Kb)

The Spotlight for the April 2021 report is on recruitment methods used by employers.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report April 2021

(556 Kb)

The Spotlight for the March 2021 report is on risks to businesses staying open.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report March 2021

(561 Kb)

The Spotlight for the February 2021 report is on the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and changes to staffing levels throughout 2020.

PDF document
Recruitment Insights Report February 2021

(519 Kb)


Annual overview

Information collected from employers throughout 2020 is presented in the report: Employers' Insights on the Australian Labour Market - 2020 Data Report.

As the year progressed and the number of lockdowns reduced, businesses were less impacted by COVID-19.

As businesses became more confident the recruitment rate began to pick up around Australia.

The use of internet and social media as recruitment methods has increased in recent times. This trend accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PDF document
Employers' Insights On The Australian Labour Market 2020 Snapshot

(252 Kb)

PDF document
Employers' Insights On The Australian Labour Market 2020 Data Report

(1.20 Mb)

Excel document
Employers' Insights On The Australian Labour Market 2020 Data File

(1.10 Mb)


Methodology

The National Skills Commission (NSC) conducts the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS) to monitor recruitment activity and conditions across Australia.

The REOS surveys employers across Australia, and up to 14,000 businesses respond to the survey throughout the year.

The survey collects information on employer recruitment activity, recruitment difficulty and staffing outlook – all important indicators to help policy makers and analysts to monitor and understand current and emerging labour market conditions. Data are released as close to collection as possible, providing an almost real-time view of recruitment activity across Australia.

The REOS questionnaire continually evolves to stay current with changes in the Australian labour market that directly impact on businesses and their recruitment.

For more information on the survey methodology, key concepts used in the survey and to view the questionnaire, see the paper:

 

PDF document
REOS Concepts Methods And Questionnaire - April 2022

(333 Kb)

Contact Details

For information on the REOS survey email RecruitmentSurveys@skillscommission.gov.au or telephone 1800 059 439.

For information on the Recruitment Insight Reports email RecruitmentAnalysis@skillscommission.gov.au


Related links

Back to top