“It is heartening to see the way some of the most vulnerable segments of our workforce have bounced back and kept working even in these particularly difficult times,” said Business NSW Chief Executive Daniel Hunter. “It is exactly that optimism that we need, to address the labour shortages that many Australian businesses are facing today.
“The survey results show that even among those who have been job-searching for a long time, there is still a desire to receive training, upskilling and support to continue their job search. Despite the surrounding situation, jobseekers and businesses keep holding their head up and hand up for support, and Business NSW will continue to provide that support,” Mr Hunter said.
“It was interesting to learn that those respondents who chose an apprenticeship or traineeship after school scored on average 10 percentage points higher on the mental health markers than those respondents choosing a different pathway. The stability and purpose of VET is second to none and that shows in our data.”
The report shares actionable insights to help employers, parents and educators better support Australian jobseekers and employees moving forward.
The Skillsroad Employment Report also revealed that 90% of survey respondents believe that work experience would help them get into employment.
“Work experience is a fantastic opportunity for business to give young jobseekers more exposure to their industry and it is incredibly valuable to help jobseekers gain relevant skills and confidence needed to apply for permanent roles.
“Jobseekers also place huge importance on a functional work/life balance, with most of our younger respondents selecting it as the most important thing when looking at a potential job, with the second being the option of flexible working hours.”
The Skillsroad 2021/22 Employment Survey Report surveyed 5,012 respondents from across Australia with the majority between the ages of 15 and 24, as well as mature-age jobseekers aged 25 and over.
The survey that collected responses was designed to identify jobseekers’ and employees’ areas of concern when it comes to job-search or deciding which employer to work for, as well as their take on employment prospects.
“The report shares actionable insights to help employers, parents and educators better support Australian jobseekers and employees moving forward,” Mr Hunter said.