Surprise improvement in the demand for, and hiring of talent according to October's Professional Staffing Trends data

Authored By Ms Carly Fordred

APSCo Australia’s October Professional Staffing Trends has indicated a surprise improvement in both the demand for, and hiring of talent. There has also been a softening of contractor remuneration with a shifting trend towards permanent placements.

The data has a “positive” feel and with calendar year renewals having commenced in November, it really does feel a bit like Christmas in the professional staffing sector.

The Key Data

  • 54% of the market in October were new roles,
  • 83% were contractors,
  • Days to fill (on average) - a respectable 31.
  • ACT continues to show improvement showing 9.6% of market activity.
  • Demand for talent across the market improved by 15% with ICT demand a healthy 13%.
  • Increases in demand (via advertising data) saw Education & Training improve from 5.9% to 8.0% and advertising by recruiters increasing to 54%. There was also a solid improvement in advertised positions.
  • With 14 days as the median for new contracts to be filled and 34 days for permanent roles, the market is returning to a level of normalcy during this last quarter.
  • The share of activity and participation favoured national companies with some softening for multi-nationals and boutique.

Thank you to our participating companies for their data input. If you would like to participate and access the interactive dashboard of data, please email info@apscoau.org 

To view the October Professional Staffing Trends Report in pdf format, please click here