Two sets of data released today confirm the tight labour market conditions across the country, with Queensland and Western Australia the worst affected.
The Bureau of Statistics reported that in seasonally adjusted terms, job vacancies rose by 18.5 per cent to a record 396,100 available positions in the three months to November.
Vacancies are up by 56.1 per cent, or 142,400 available positions, compared with a year ago.
More remarkably, the number of job vacancies in November was 74.2 per cent higher than in February 2020, prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All 18 industries covered by the survey recorded higher vacancies over the period.
Vacancies rose the most in accommodation and food services, followed by health care and social assistance and manufacturing.
The data pre-dates the recent surge in Omicron virus variant cases, which could exacerbate labour shortages in the first half of 2022.
Separately, the National Skills Commission’s Internet Vacancy Index recorded a 2.5 per cent decline in available positions to 245,602 in December.
That’s down from a 13-year high recorded in November.
Recruitment activity in December was still up by 37.4 per cent (or 66,897 ads) on a year ago.
The Commission said available positions hit 13-year highs of 48,614 job ads in Queensland and 9½-year highs of 27,690 available positions in Western Australia.