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COVID-19 Impacts on Businesses and Recruitment – Survey Results

The National Skills Commission is conducting a survey of businesses to measure the impact of COVID-19. Data is collected on staffing changes, business impacts, actions taken by businesses in response to the pandemic, and future expectations. The key findings from this survey are presented in the reports below with previous versions available upon request, please contact: RecruitmentAnalysis@skillscommission.gov.au

Impacts of COVID-19 on businesses – update on risks to businesses staying open (322.1KB)

Provides an update on what businesses perceive to be the biggest risks to staying open over the next six months.

Impacts of COVID-19 on businesses – staffing changes and expectations by State (261.0KB)

Provides an update on businesses’ recent staffing changes and future staffing expectations by State.

Impacts of COVID-19 on businesses – update on future staffing expectations (214.6KB)

Provides an update on businesses’ future staffing expectations, using data up to 21 August.

Impacts of COVID-19 on businesses – staffing changes across industries (232.3KB)

Provides an update on businesses’ recent staffing changes and future staffing expectations across six industries.

Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot

The National Skills Commission conducts an ongoing survey of employers to monitor recruitment activity in the labour market (the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey). The current iteration of the survey commenced on 21 September 2020, with data collected on a range of topics including the business impacts of COVID-19, current recruitment activity, recruitment difficulty, recruitment methods, business risks and future staffing expectations. Much of the data collected in previous iterations of this survey are not comparable to the data currently collected.

Approximately 1,200 employers are surveyed each month, with data published as a weekly snapshot. While the data are indicative of recruitment activity, they may be subject to seasonal factors and other volatility and should therefore be treated with caution. In addition, the survey is targeted towards employers with five or more employees, and excludes many government organisations. For further information, please contact: RecruitmentAnalysis@skillscommission.gov.au

Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot - 20 November 2020 (PDF) (185.8KB)

Based on data up to 13 November 2020, with a spotlight on October in Review.

Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot - 13 November 2020 (PDF) (487.6KB)

Based on data up to 6 November 2020, with a spotlight on Western Australia.

Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot - 6 November 2020 (PDF) (470.0KB)

Based on data up to 30 October 2020, with a spotlight on recruitment methods by industry.

Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot - 2 November 2020 (PDF) (489.4KB)

Based on data up to 23 October 2020, with a spotlight on reasons for recruitment.

Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot - 26 October 2020 (PDF) (466.5KB)

Based on data up to 16 October 2020, with a spotlight on the Accommodation and Food Services industry.

Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot – 21 October 2020 (PDF) (480.5KB)

Provides an update on current recruitment and staffing expectations, with a spotlight on Victoria.

Survey changes – what’s new on the snapshot (Word) (1.1MB)

Highlights the differences between the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot and the previously published Jobs in Demand Employer Survey Dashboard.

Jobs in Demand Employer Survey

The National Skills Commission undertook research to identify where job opportunities continued to exist in the Australian labour market, despite the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. From May to October 2020, employers were surveyed across the five industries that continued to experience relatively strong demand for goods and services (Health Care and Social Assistance; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade). This survey has now been superseded by a new survey which includes all industries in the survey sample. Results from the new survey are published in the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot (details of which can be found above). Due to changes in survey methodology and scope, data in the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Snapshot are generally not comparable to the Jobs in Demand Employer Survey Dashboard. For further information on the below factsheets, please contact: SkillShortages@skillscommission.gov.au

 

Jobs in Demand Employer Survey – 7 April to 2 October 2020 (PDF) (540.1KB)

Jobs in Demand Employer Survey – Factsheet – Top Jobs in Demand (PDF) (364.1KB)

Jobs in Demand Employer Survey – Factsheet – Victoria state analysis (PDF) (457.3KB)

Jobs in Demand Employer Survey – Factsheet – What Employers Want (PDF) (456.3KB)

Jobs in Demand Employer Survey – Factsheet – Industry Analysis (PDF) (410.7KB)

 

Occupational Risks from COVID-19 – Analysis using Physical Proximity and Exposure to Disease Data

The National Skills Commission has analysed data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the United States Department of Labour O*NET Database to produce insights into the potential risk from COVID-19 on different occupations in the labour market.

This analysis calculates the ‘Physical Proximity’ and ‘Exposure to Disease and Infection’ typically involved in the regular work duties of different jobs across the Australian Labour Market.

The link below has several interactive visualisations to help users understand the distribution of these ‘Physical Proximity’ and ‘Exposure to Disease and Infection’ scores across occupational and industry groups.

https://public.tableau.com/profile/occupation.and.industry.analysis#!/

The data show that service based occupations, particularly those in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, are at greatest risk from COVID-19. Indeed, the data in highlight the importance of social distancing in managing the spread of COVID-19, as the incidence of Physical Proximity to others is higher for more occupations (including for those in office based occupations) than the relative Exposure to Disease and Infection, which concentrates in health care occupations and for those working in personal services like beauty therapy.

The distribution of Physical Proximity scores across industries show the Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services industries have the highest proportions of industry employment in occupations with Physical Proximity scores greater than or equal to 50 (90.4%, and 87.6% respectively). These industries will likely face increased difficulty adjusting their regular work duties to accommodate social distancing requirements.

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Example chart - COVID-19 risk exposure, for occupations where their Physical Proximity and Exposure to Disease scores are both greater than or equal to 50 and their occupational employment level is greater than or equal to 25,000 (at the time of the 2016 Census)

Occupation Risk Analysis (PDF) (107.2KB)

Sources: National Skills Commission, joboutlook.gov.au, ANZSCO to O*NET concordance; Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census data; United States Department of Labor, O*NET database.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The National Skills Commission projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The National Skills Commission surveys businesses to monitor recruitment conditions across Australia and provide insights into what employers are looking for.

Workforce Shortages

The National Skills Commission carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.