Vacancy Report

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Latest release - April 2016

The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) increased by 0.6% in trend terms in April 2016. The index is now 5.9% higher than the level recorded a year ago, while the level of vacancies is 18.0% (or 25,200) above the October 2013 low point.

Headline results

A table showing the headline results from the latest vacancy report.

Graphic representation of the Interenet Vacancy Index in seasonally adjusted and trend terms.

A table showing current level of trend vacancies and monthly and annual change, by state.

Over the five months to August 2015, there was a reduction in the number of new job advertisements listed on the Australian JobSearch (AJS) website. This may have been as a result of the transition of employment services from Job Services Australia to jobactive, and has had a relatively larger impact on the number of vacancies advertised in some regional areas.

Next month's Vacancy Report will be released on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Data files

Vacancy Report April 2016 (DOCX) IVI Data - January 2006 onwards (XLSX) IVI Detailed Occupation Data - March 2006 onwards (XLS) IVI Skill Level Data - January 2006 onwards (XLSX) IVI Regional Data - May 2010 onwards (XLSX) Map of IVI Regions (PDF)

From March 2016, the Blue Mountains region was amalgamated with the Bathurst and Central West NSW region to create the Blue Mountains, Bathurst and Central West Region NSW.


The IVI is the only publicly available source of detailed data on online vacancies, including for around 350 occupations (at all skill levels), as well as for all states/territories and 37 regions. The IVI is based on a count of online job advertisements newly lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch during the month. As such, the IVI does not reflect the total number of job advertisements in the labour market as it does not include jobs advertised through other online job boards, employer websites, word of mouth, in newspapers, and advertisements in shop windows. The IVI also does not take account of multiple positions being advertised in a single job advertisement.

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