Vacancy Report

Latest release - May 2015

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.

Commentary

The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) declined by 1.0% in trend terms in May 2015, although it is 2.2% (or 3,300 vacancies) higher than the level recorded a year ago. There were around 153,500 newly lodged vacancies advertised during the month, the lowest level recorded since June 2014.

While demand for labour has improved modestly since August 2013, vacancy conditions have softened in recent months. In addition, the recovery in vacancies has remained weaker than that recorded following the GFC, with the level of vacancies 152,600 (or 49.8 per cent) below the March 2008 peak. This suggests that labour market conditions are likely to remain relatively subdued, at least in the near term.

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

Next month's Vacancy Report will be released on Wednesday 22 July 2015.

Data files

Vacancy Report May 2015 (DOCX) IVI Data - January 2006 onwards (XLSX) IVI Detailed Occupation Data - March 2006 onwards (XLS) IVI Regional Data - May 2010 onwards (XLSX) Map of IVI Regions (PDF) Skilled IVI Data - January 2006 onwards (XLSX)

Background

The Vacancy Report contains the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) which is based on a count of online vacancies newly lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch. 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 38 regions.

In response to the growing popularity of the Internet Vacancy Index, the Department of Employment releases the monthly Vacancy Report and associated data files by email to frequent users. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an email to lmip@employment.gov.au