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There are currently no international recommendations or guidelines relating to job vacancies statistics. The concept of vacant post was discussed in the general report to the Fifteenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians 1993, where the above definition was put forward.
Job vacancies statistics are collected in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Job Vacancies Survey (JVS) (see Chapter 25). The ABS defines job vacancies in the JVS as employee jobs available for immediate filling on the actual survey reference day and for which employers have undertaken recruitment action. Recruitment action includes efforts to fill vacancies by advertising, by factory notices, by notifying public or private employment agencies or trade unions and by contacting, interviewing or selecting applicants already registered with the business or organisation.
Measures of job vacancies exclude:
Data on job vacancies are available from the ABS, while data on the number of job advertisements are available from a number of other sources including the private sector. Job vacancies should not be confused with job advertisements. Job vacancies data may differ from data on the number of job advertisements for a number of reasons, including the multiple advertising of a single vacancy.
Estimates of job vacancies and job advertisements are available from:
ABS Job Vacancies Survey
Estimates from this survey are produced according to the definitions outlined above. For more information on the data content and methodology of this survey see Chapter 25: Job Vacancies Survey.
ANZ Job Advertisement Series
The ANZ produces two series, one based on counts of newspaper advertisements placed in major metropolitan newspapers, the other on counts of internet advertisements on selected employment internet sites. Readers should refer to the ANZ Job Advertisement Series for more detail on the content and methodology of these series.
Counts of job advertisements can differ from counts of job vacancies for several reasons, including the multiple advertising of a single job.
SEEK New Job Ads Index
SEEK produces a monthly New Job Ads Index, which measures the number of new job ads posted on their website in a particular month. The series is adjusted to ensure that multiple postings count as one ad. The index is available in both original and seasonally adjusted terms. Readers should refer to the SEEK Employment Index report for more detail on the content and methodology of these series.
Department of Employment Vacancy Report
The Department of Employment produces four series:
The Department of Employment codes internet advertisements to occupation at the ANZSCO four digit level for Australia. Readers should refer to the Department of Employment Vacancy Report for more detail on the content and methodology of these series.
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