Job vacancies: industries still struggle to fill vacancies
As COVID-19 drives up unemployment rates, some employers – including nurses and truck drivers – are struggling to fill vacancies.
The National Skills Commission task force interviewed five industries experiencing relatively high demand during the economic downturn.
He contacted 2,300 employers and found that they had 988 vacancies.
Eleven per cent of employers were recruiting and almost a third of them had or expected to have difficulty filling vacancies.
The survey, conducted between April 24 and May 8, listed truck drivers as the most in-demand, followed by registered nurses, retail assistants, elderly and disabled caregivers, educators and manufacturers of metals and welders.
But nurses were considered the most difficult profession to recruit, followed by truck drivers, metal fabricators and welders.
The sectors surveyed were health care and social assistance; transport, post and storage; manufacturing; retail business; and wholesale.
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Online job boards were the most popular method of recruiting, with almost 70 percent of employers using them.
A “nurse” job search on the online job site Seek listed more than 5,000 vacancies as of Friday evening, while nearly 5,000 truck driver positions were listed.
The outlook for the broader labor market is grim, after Thursday’s labor force figures showed unemployment reached 6.2% in April, with the Treasury forecasting it to rise to 10% over the course of the year. June quarter.
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