APSCo Australia

APSCo Australia is the recognised authority for professional staffing & recruitment companies, supporting Members to unlock the potential of the modern workforce.  


APSCo Index

The APSCo Index is a collaboration of Members, Affiliates and established researchers to provide unique tracking of the temporary, contract and permanent engagements, and workforce generally, from both a placement and demand perspective using recognised international and Australian data analysis. The Index provides market intelligence for the sector and the data serves as an indicator of current and future workforce conditions in the professional staffing and recruitment sector.

APSCo Australia invests in the Index in order to drive clarity in the understanding of the breadth of the market that the sector represents, the workforce engaged and their models of engagement. Using recognised analytic processes the Index, and its subsidiary reports aims to contribute to a better understanding of the demand for talent, skills in demand now and for the future in order to inform business, Government and the employment market on the necessary conversations to unlock the potential of the modern workforce.

APSCo Australia acknowledges the support of our Strategic Affiliate DaXtra, to fund the development of the APSCo Index as well as the contribution of our Members and Affiliates, and the research team, led by Clayton S Jan.


APSCo Index Forecast Workbook and Reports

•  The APSCo Index Forecast Workbook provides your analysts with unique quarterly data to support their market trends monitoring The Workbook includes detailed aspects of labour market movements such as those specific roles, skills, or industries your company focuses on. It is a powerful tool for all businesses in the sector who have a deep focus on specific roles, for informing government agencies and major clients. The Workbook allows users to select time frame, interval, and variables—the individual data points and trends can be viewed in configurations that best suit your business. The Workbook charts are updated quarterly.

•  The interactive report provides monthly, quarterly and bi-annual headline information on top level changes and trends.

•  The PDF provides a snapshot. 


APSCo Index Monthly Report

The APSCo Index Monthly Report for November is now available. Data for this report was contributed between 1st and 19th December 2019.

It is a steady end to the year with demand and supply suggesting no great growth, though a market that is maintaining solid ground.  Typical EOY activities are evident with renewals, new talent, strong remuneration in the lower bands, and calendar-driven industries performing well.  To access the full report become a contributor or a subscriber click here

APSCo Index Quarterly Forecast Report

The Q3 Report 2019 indicates a strong downward pressure on megotiated remuneration accross the board, which has been expressed through a decline in the means and medians of advertised and negotiated remuneration this quater. To access the full report become a contributor or a subscriber click here

APSCo Index Statistics Overview

APSCo Australia is a reference point for Members, Affiliates, corporates and Government on key market statistics, nationally and in geographies as well as specialisms. This overview is a snapshot of the sector, it's size and activity, driven by data from the APSCo Index.  It is updated bi-annually.

The Australian Government Vacancy Report estimated 172,100 advertisements for jobs were made in Australia in July (covering the whole market). NSW and ACT had the highest demand for Level 1 (Degree and higher) talent. Recruiters are more likely to advertise demand for degrees rather than any other qualification level, including post graduate. To access the full report become a contributor or a subscriber click here

See the Data Collection Methodology


APSCo Index Reporting Schedule

Monthly Reporting:

Delivery on 21st of each month.

Quarterly Reporting:

Delivery by 14th of each month following quarter end.

Bi-annual Statistics Reporting:

Delivery in July and January


Get involved in the APSCo Index program

All professional staffing and recruitment companies in Australia are welcome to participate in the APSCo Index. Direct participation is how APSCo Australia produces the most reliable data on actual professional placements by staffing firms in Australia in a timely and regular manner. This is data not available through other means such as occasional surveys; individual firms’ reports; or government statistics. The regular ongoing participation of multiple firms is the difference between the APSCo Index and anything else in the market. Participating companies are regularly profiled to clients, Government and regulators and receive access to unique reports.

Ways to participate:

  • If you have placement management software—you may be able to provide data using one of your standardised reports – download the APSCo Index collection template to see the fields.
  • Data can be provided via the APSCo Index template and submitted each month. If you don’t collect data on all the fields, just supply those you do use – download the APSCo Index collection template
  • Send your collection template to research@apscoau.org by 14th of each month for inclusion in the Index
  • The Index Workbook and Reports are no cost to the contributing companies. Companies and individuals can also opt to subscribe to the APSCo Index  Click here to find out more.

NOTE: Contributors do NOT receive emails to submit. The schedule is available and only if data is missing will you receive a prompt. Only those companies participating receive access to the Index and to the research team for additional data tenders, on hire labour agreements and submissions to clients.

Non staffing and recruitment organisations can also subscribe to the APSCo Index program in order to establish more informed dialogue with their recruiters in the sector, as well as understand market trends and access the research team.

View sample report


The APSCo Index partners with other benchmarking programs to provide an APSCo Advantage.


The APSCo Index would not be possible without the contributions and support of: