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.
In April 2017, the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business conducted its 2017 survey. Findings for this survey were presented to stakeholders in Launceston on 1 March 2018, including representatives from the City of Launceston, the Northern Tasmania Development Corporation, and the Department of State Growth. The presentation drew from a range of data, including the Launceston survey results, to highlight key labour market issues affecting Launceston, including:
- Employers will need to fill a large number of jobs in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, as the industry is undergoing rapid employment growth and has many workers approaching retirement age.
- Educational attainment is increasing in Launceston, but still lags behind the national average.
- Networks are also very important to the prospects of local job seekers, as employers in Launceston often recruit through their personal and professional networks.
Fieldwork for the 2018 survey has been completed and results will become available in the latter half of 2018. Two new questions have been added to this survey to help better identify employers' perceptions of current and emerging skills gaps in Launceston.
Next Steps and Milestones
Q2 2018: Conducted 2018 survey.
Q3 – Q4 2018: Findings from the 2018 survey will be made available to stakeholders.
Ongoing funding through the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business.
The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business.