Where is job growth coming from? 

In June 2020, the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) recorded a 26% monthly increase or 26,400 job advertisements.  

High Demand for Low Skilled Community and Personal Service Workers 

Increased demand for community and personal service delivered strong gains in this sector, up by 54.5% for the month. Further lockdown easing is creating more opportunities in Sales (39%) and Technicians and Trade Workers (34%) 

In occupation terms, Hospitality Workers (up by 79.6% or 1400 job ads) recorded the strongest increase.  After this came Sports, Travel and Personal Service Workers (73.3%, 520 job ads), Food Preparation Assistants (61.2%, 320 job ads), Jewellers, Arts and Other Trades Workers (60.8%, 200 job ads) and Food Trades Workers (60.3%, 1200 job ads). 

The strongest increase was recorded for Low Skill (Certificate I or secondary education), with job advertisements up by 37.9% (or 3900 vacancies).  

Not surprisingly, jobs for Cleaners and Laundry Workers now exceed pre-COVID-19 (February 2020) levels.  This is a rare bright spot for employment services. 

Looking further ahead 

The index growth is closely correlated to each state and territory’s lockdown regulations state.   This suggests that, as economies begin to reopen, the job market and its offerings are likely to follow suit.  

As the Federal Government’s new Job Trainer package rolls out, incentives for job seekers to upskill are another sign of them getting opportunities to adapt to the new environment. 

Proactively prepare jobseekers 

In our Effective Employer Engagement training, Prospert recommends meeting employers ahead of their peak demand periods so consultants can understand their needs and create a proactive plan to meeting them.   Pre-employment training is a key tool suited to many employers experiencing trouble filling roles.  Whether run in-house or outsourced to a skilled, reputable training organisation, well-trained job seekers can take full advantage of these employment trends.