Jobfind CEO Karena Newland was recently interviewed on radio 2CC by Rod Henshaw, discussing the current employment landscape and what’s ahead for 2022.
Karena discussed how the job market is bouncing back with many opportunities post-lockdown. The encouraging signs of employment can be seen in the last month with an increase of approximately 7.8% of job vacancies advertised, equating to 18,000 more jobs. In addition to an influx of advertised positions, people are also finding a job quicker.
Further evidence of the job market trending upwards is the success of Jobfind’s ‘1000 Jobs for Christmas’ commitment which saw Jobfind Employment Consultants hitting the mark well before the end of the campaign and continuing to a new goal of 1,500.
Karena also discussed the issue of the lack of seasonal workers. The Harvest Trail is our unique solution to mobilise suitable Melburnian job seekers through reskilling for the upcoming stone fruit harvest season in the Goulburn-Murray region.
Finally, the topic was raised of the challenges of job seekers returning to the workforce after a few years. Karena sees this as a positive position, and Jobfind is well-equipped to empower job seekers to harness their employability skills and core competencies and channel those into reskilling and training opportunities.
What’s ahead for 2022? Karena is hopeful the job market will continue to grow with rising employer confidence and a rise in full-time employment opportunities.
Listen to the full radio interview below.