Behind The Confusion

posted by Lindsey Hobson 12/05/2020 0 comments

Daniel Andrews has revealed that the Australian Unemployment Rate is nearing the 10% mark, 3% more than average.

With so many Australians out of work and on the hunt for new employment, why don’t Melbourne companies have their pick of the lot?

The industries that have largely had to close their doors and cut hours during this time include hospitality and retail, where casual employment levels are high.

When the worst should happen, a large percentage of the 10% unemployment rate are made up of casuals, entry-level roles, students, those yet to complete qualifications and those who have just started their employment.

On top of that, the number of senior-level individuals who are completing job searches online has dropped.

“People are not as inclined to risk secure employment right now” says Brook Recruitment CEO, Vanessa Fajnkind. “There’s enough uncertainty in the world as it is, so high-level employees are standing firm right now. “

“With that being said, we are securing some incredible candidates for our clients through our network” says Vanessa “and all of our clients who were able to give a Letter of Employment prior to or during COVID-19 have been able to start their new employees remotely.”

This is an absolute testament to the resilience and drive of our clients, who have pushed through the difficulties that have arisen during this crisis and continued to thrive.

The tide does appear to be changing after this week’s announcement about relaxing restrictions.

While there is still some hesitation for the month of May, it appears Melbourne businesses are switching gears and are starting to look at strategies to begin gearing up their workforce for June. The trends we are seeing in our clients include a two-stage return to work strategy, implementing safe distances between work stations, and creating a COVID-19 safe working environment with new cleaning standards.

We are seeing an increase in enquiries for employing temps to start at the end of May, as well as Senior Marketing Managers, Property Sales, and Accounting Professionals are all in demand.

If you have any questions around whether this is the right time for you to be moving forward with your next hire, contact our office on 03 9500 2797.

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