Are We A Bunch Of Job Snobs?
Recruitment difficulty increased in every state and territory and all capital cities except Hobart.
Employers are struggling to recruit workers, with some saying job seekers are turning up to interviews showing no interest in the role.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has released the results of a survey of roughly 14,000 employers, showing 45 percent had difficulty recruiting in 2018 - an increase on previous years.
About 60 percent of employers recruiting for lower-skilled positions complained of job seekers turning up for interviews uninterested, with poor applications and personal presentation skills. Many dressed inappropriately, took the interview too casually, had weaker communication skills, and were less enthusiastic compared with previous years.
Despite the difficulty, three-quarters of employers managed to fill their vacancies. Some hired less-skilled applicants and offered them training. Senator Cash says the figures show there are jobs out there for those who want them.
"We have an economy of opportunity and employers are screaming out for workers who are eager for a job," she said in a statement on Monday.
The data comes as the government pushes back against a growing chorus of calls to increase the Newstart unemployment benefit.
"Our focus will always be to get people off welfare and into work. Taxpayers expect nothing less," Senator Cash said.
"The Morrison Government strongly believes that the best form of welfare is a job."
She said the government had spent billions each year to help skilled workers and create apprenticeships.