6354.0 - Job Vacancies, Australia, May 2020 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/06/2020   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May 2020
Feb 2020 to May 2020
May 2019 to May 2020
'000
% change
% change

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates
Private sector
111.2
-45.0
-46.0
Public sector
17.9
-28.9
-19.4
Private and public sectors
129.1
-43.2
-43.4

Graph Image for Job Vacancies, Total and Private Sector - Seasonally Adjusted


MAY KEY POINTS


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • Total job vacancies in May 2020 were 129,100, a decrease of 43.2% from February 2020.
  • The number of job vacancies in the private sector was 111,200 in May 2020, a decrease of 45.0% from February 2020.
  • The number of job vacancies in the public sector was 17,900 in May 2020, a decrease of 28.9% from February 2020.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
August 2020 1 October 2020
November 2020 13 January 2021



COVID-19 PANDEMIC

From 22 March 2020, Australia saw the progressive introduction of major social distancing and other business-related restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Most of these restrictions were still in effect on the Job Vacancies Survey reference date for the quarter (Friday 15 May 2020). May estimates show significant quarterly and annual change in the labour market.


SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES

Given the extent of change in the Job Vacancies time series, the ABS has temporarily suspended trend series and moved to using forward factors for seasonal adjustment for a range of series, including some job vacancies estimates. For more information, please refer
to; Spotlight: Job Vacancies Survey Methods During COVID-19.


SURVEY RESPONSES REMAIN HIGH IN MAY

Responses for the JVS May 2020 quarter remained high, with similar levels of responses to previous quarters. The ABS would like to thank the Australian business community for their continued support in responding to our surveys during such a difficult time, given how critically important this information is.


ROUNDING

Estimates of percentage change shown in this release have been calculated using unrounded estimates, and may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from calculating percentage change using the rounded estimates presented in the Tables and the datacubes on the Downloads tab.


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