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Australians should ‘broaden skill set and horizon’, as new report reveals jobs returning to pre-COVID normal

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Australians should ‘broaden skill set and horizon’, as new report reveals jobs returning to pre-COVID normal

November 18
06:09 2020
Australians should ‘broaden skill set and horizon’, as new report reveals jobs returning to pre-COVID normal

Sydney, Australia – JobAdder, a global HR recruitment software and applicant tracking software solution that helps agency and in-house recruiters find and manage talent more effectively, has today released its 2020 In-House Recruitment Industry Report

Based on data from 4,000 in-house recruiters and hiring managers across Australian and New Zealand businesses, the report shows that in an April peak, applicant numbers per advertised job were almost 100 percent greater than in October 2020. 

This suggests job seeker behavior at the beginning of COVID-19 became increasingly active and stressed, as well as less demanding and discerning than at the beginning of the year.

JobAdder CEO Martin Herbst, formerly General Manager at Gumtree Australia, said: “Faced with a level of uncertainty that we haven’t experienced in decades, the numbers from April suggest that candidates, especially those with dependents or minimal savings, were searching for security and stability.

“Now, with less uncertainty in the local Australian economy (global economic issues notwithstanding), we’re seeing job order levels as well as placements and applications per role return to pre-COVID levels. In other words, employers and employees are signalling more confidence. 

“With an increase in labour demand, there will inevitably be more Australian workers moving between employers, however, this will be relatively subtle as there’s still a high level of uncertainty. These movements will evidently be toward more resilient companies and less exposed sectors,” Mr. Herbst continued.

According to the report, there was only a slight difference in hiring figures for temporary and contract placements compared to permanent placements across ANZ businesses. This marginal difference goes against the typical trend of temporary and contract placements outperforming permanent placements during times of uncertainty. 

“It’s likely that permanent jobs and placements will continue to grow in ANZ, provided that there are no more major outbreaks. Sectors experiencing peaks – healthcare, for example – are likely to continue to lean on temporary and contract solutions, as well as retail and hospitality, as they quickly ramp up again post-lockdown,” said Mr. Herbst. 

Compared to Australia, the data reveals there was a greater shift to temporary and contract hiring in New Zealand as well as a stronger and more sustained recovery in both permanent, temporary, and contract placements.

Time to hire for a permanent placement reduced in some cases by half during the pandemic, 90 days pre-pandemic to 45 days through COVID-19. Conversely, it took more days to fill temporary and contract placements over the same period.  

Commenting on what skills will best serve ANZ job seekers in 2021, Mr. Herbst commented: “Digital skills will be important as companies accelerate their digital transformation push in an effort to gain more efficiencies and adapt to a more remote, digitally-connected world. Job seekers will need to think outside the box when it comes to their transferable skills and ask how their current skillset and experience can take them into a new industry or role.”

Mr. Herbst added: “In these times, it’s difficult for job seekers to find a role that fulfills all of their hopes and expectations, so they need to be clear with themselves on what’s most important and what they can and cannot compromise. 

“If they’re in a position where they can, it’s a good opportunity for job seekers to try something a little different, especially if they think it will reward their most important drivers of happiness. Stepping into something new can also open doors and prove surprisingly rewarding. The most successful career paths are not linear and every experience is a growth opportunity, a way to broaden your skillset and horizons.”

JobAdder is a pioneer in the local recruitment sector as its technology continues to make the hiring process easier for recruiters, enabling them to spend more valuable time with candidates and hiring managers.  

You can download the 2020 In-House Recruitment Industry Report here: https://jobadder.com/lp/2020-recruitment-industry-report-in-house

About JobAdder

JobAdder is a global HR recruitment software solution that helps tens of thousands of agency and inhouse recruiters from around the world, find and manage talent more effectively.

Founded in 2006, JobAdder is a pioneer in the local and global recruitment sector, as its technology continues to make the hiring process easier for recruiters, enabling them to spend more valuable time with candidates and hiring managers.  

Supporting millions of job seekers worldwide, JobAdder is headquartered in Sydney, with a market presence in New Zealand, London, and North America, and is part-owned by Australia’s number one employment marketplace, SEEK.

For more information visit: https://jobadder.com

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