60% of Australian jobs advertised online

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 06 August, 2018

60% of Australian jobs advertised online

Six in 10 job vacancies in Australia were advertised online in 2016–17, with online recruitment sites being the platforms most commonly used by employees, according to the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

A report drawing on results from the department’s Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences found a significant increase in online job listings since 2012–13, when they accounted for just 45% of vacancies.

According to the report, company websites accounted for 13% of total vacancies in the 2016–17 financial year.

There has also been a jump in use of social media for recruitment. Such platforms accounted for 9% of vacancies in 2016–17, up from just 2% in 2013–14.

Vacancies for higher skilled jobs are more likely to be advertised online than lower skilled jobs. Employers in major cities and larger businesses are also more likely to promote jobs online.

Meanwhile, ABS data indicates that 90% of job seekers now use the internet to look for work, compared with 56% in 2004.

Department of Jobs and Small Business labour market analyst Ian Neville said the wide and increasing use of online recruitment is mainly due to its ability to reach a large audience.

“Job seekers use online recruitment to access the substantial number of vacancies advertised, while employers use online recruitment to tap into the large pool of potential candidates,” he said.

Image: Department of Jobs and Small Business.

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