Deliver a survey of local businesses on economic opportunities and labour market conditions


Project Description

The Survey of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences will collect information from around 200 local businesses annually from 2017 to 2022. Survey results identify labour market challenges and opportunities in the region to inform the Regional Economic Development Plan. 

Deliver a survey of local businesses on economic opportunities and labour market conditions


Progress Statement

On 12 November 2018, findings from the 2018 survey were presented to Launceston stakeholders. Attendees of the presentation included members of the Community Business Advisory Group, Launceston Chamber of Commerce, and Northern Tasmania Development Corporation.

The presentation drew from a range of data, including the survey results, to highlight key labour market issues affecting Launceston, including:

  • The Launceston labour market had shown some positives signs over the past year, with positive employment growth and an increasing number of internet vacancies.
  • The most disadvantaged job seekers had not benefited from improved conditions – the number of long-term unemployed on the jobactive caseload had increased over the period 2017 to 2018.
  • The Launceston workforce is ageing, with a 53 per cent increase in the proportion of employed persons aged 55 years and over from 2006 to 2016.
  • Survey results revealed that the proportion of employers with recruitment difficulty for higher skilled jobs had increased over the past year. Employers had difficulty filling positions for some occupations in particular, many of which aligned with the Department’s research on occupations in ‘shortage’ across Tasmania. These included occupations such as Pharmacists, Motor Mechanics, Metal Fitters and Machinists, and Carpenters and Joiners.

Fieldwork for the 2019 survey was completed in April 2019, with results due to become available in the latter half of 2019.

Key Milestones Achieved

  • November 2018: Presentation on Launceston labour market, including 2018 survey results, provided to Launceston stakeholders.
  • April 2019: Fieldwork for the 2019 survey of Launceston employers was completed.


Key Next Steps

  • Latter half of 2019: Findings from the April 2019 survey to be presented to Launceston stakeholders.
  • December 2019: Consultation with Launceston stakeholders to determine if any additional questions are to be included in the 2020 survey.
  • March/April 2020: Fieldwork for 2020 survey will be undertaken.

Financial Information

Ongoing funding through the Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.



The Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.