Australian companies struggle to find suitable employees
ABS head of industry statistics John Shepherd cited several reasons for this phenomenon.
“The most frequently reported reason was a lack of applicants (74%), followed by applicants not having the required skills (66%), international border closures (32%) and job location (29%),” he said.
Companies were also having difficulty finding suitable candidates to fill roles such as hospitality workers, sales staff, engineering and science professionals and drivers. Other in-demand jobs included building trades and business professionals.
Shephard added, “The survey also found that 19% of businesses reported that, based on current operations, they didn’t have sufficient employees. Notable factors influencing staff numbers for these businesses were the inability to find suitable staff (57%) and the affordability of additional staff (48%).”
In addition, the survey showed that, over the next three months, 23% of businesses expected to increase staff numbers. For those anticipating an increase in staff strength, 61% expected the additional jobs to be permanent.
ABS’ latest Business Conditions and Sentiments Survey was conducted from June 9 to 16, according to Staffing Industry Analysts.