Anglicare Australia’s Jobs Availability Snapshot aims to show what the job market is really like for people who don’t have qualifications or work experience to draw on. It compares government data on the number of people with barriers to gaining work in the Jobactive1i system, with the number of suitable online positions advertised in the sample month of May 2019. The Snapshot provides insights into the experiences of people who have barriers to gaining and staying in work, and invites reflection on whether current policies are supporting them.

The research has found nearly six people are competing for every entry-level job vacancy in Queensland.

The Anglicare Jobs Availability Snapshot 2019, released annually during Anti-Poverty Week (13-19 October 2019), shows the situation for the community’s most disadvantaged job seekers has worsened over the past 12 months. It found 5.95 people were now competing for every entry-level vacancy, up from 4.77 in 2018. Queensland was also above the national average of 5.49.

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