27 June 2022

Support workers and carers are in high demand across Australia.
 

  • Number of advertised jobs continues to rise
  • Growing demand for carers and aides in our communities
  • Still huge need for sales, admin, labourer and hospitality roles
     

Demand for new employees across Australia is continuing to rise with 2,800 more job vacancies posted online last month.

Employers advertised 298,400 jobs in May – an increase of 0.9% from April.

It continues the trend of 2022 which has seen the number of ads rise to 18.4% - equivalent to 46,400 extra jobs so far this year.

The monthly Vacancy Report by the National Skills Commission look at recruitment activity every four weeks and compares it to the previous month.

It also examines the impact of COVID-19 on job vacancies with most labour markets and detailed occupations recording an increase from pre-pandemic months.

For May, Medical Practitioners and Nurses recorded the largest increase over the month (up by 710 job advertisements or 6.2%).

This was followed by Carers and Aides (610 or 4.4%) and Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals (410 or 5.0%).

Following a large increase in the previous month of 10.0% (or 1,100 job advertisements), Hospitality Workers recorded the largest decrease in May 2022 (down by 850 job advertisements or 6.7%).

When looking at the major occupations, Professional roles accounted for 81,800 jobs advertised.

This was followed by Clerical and Admin Workers – 46,600, and Technicians and Trades Workers – 40,000 job ads posted in May.

Despite a slight drop compared to April, the figures for May showed that Sales Workers, Machine Operators and Drivers, and Labourers were still in great demand for Australian workplaces.

Detailed occupations

They may have also dropped in the last month, but compared to pre-COVID figures, the need for Hospitality Workers in Australia is far from being met.

Last month saw 11,800 jobs posted online – and increase of 186% from the same time before COVID-19 impacted our lives.

Sales Assistances also rose 128% to 16,800 jobs in May and Carers and Aides by 119% to 14,500.

Download the latest Vacancy Report for more information about the most in-demand roles around Australia and within every state and territory.



New opportunities coming in July

Job seekers will have a new system to help them find employment from 1 July this year with the introduction of Workforce Australia.

As a replacement to jobactive, Workforce Australia is available to anyone who is unemployed.

For those who can self-manage their search for work, Workforce Australia Online is available for digital support in finding a job.

Job seekers who need more detailed or in-person support can ask to be referred to a Workforce Australia Services provider – such as APM Employment Services.

As a Workforce Australia Services participant, people can receive tailored support that is suitable for their individual circumstances and may include additional services to overcome barriers to employment.

This includes Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse participants who may be eligible for support from Specialist Services provided by APM Employment Services in many regions.

Support for employers to find the staff they need

Employers struggling to find the right people for their team will be able to access more support from providers with Workforce Australia Services too.

Wage subsidies have been made simpler with many participants eligible for up to $10,000 in funding when they’re hired and work successfully in an eligible business.

If you’re an employer, your local APM Employment Services team can guide you in finding the right person to join your team as soon as possible.

Find out more about Workforce Australia on our FAQs page.

Author

Corey Stephenson

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