Recruitment: Trends in ag job demand and talent availability

Sheep Central, April 19, 2024

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SPECIALIST recruiter Agricultural Appointments has recently looked at the current trends in job demand and talent availability in the agriculture and agribusiness sector in Australia, measured  over the second half of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.

It found there was a weakening of job demand in the sector, but a slight improvement in candidate availability and job interest during the nine-month period.

Author Dr Ray Johnson said the trends were reflected in online job boards such as SEEK*, where job ads in the Farming, Animals, and Conservation category experienced a notable decline from January 2023 to January 2024, despite a significant increase in previous years.

However, candidate availability has increased dramatically to its highest level since 2013, Dr Johnson said.

Despite the decrease in advertised positions, there has been a rise in applications compared to the five-year average, indicating high competition for available roles, the report found.

This competition was attributed to farmers and livestock producers facing difficulties in finding workers with specific skillsets, particularly in areas like agtech and sustainable practices, as well as a growing pool of candidates interested in agricultural careers.

“Employers are therefore facing the challenge of competing for talent while addressing potential skill gaps in the workforce,” the report said.

These trends underscored the need for employers to adapt their recruitment strategies to attract and retain talent, while addressing potential skill gaps within the workforce.

“Understanding these developments is crucial for navigating the evolving landscape of agricultural employment and ensuring the industry’s continued resilience and growth,” Dr Johnson said.

To read the full report, click here to access Agricultural Appointments’ 2024 Agricultural Salary and Trend Report.


* While dedicated jobs platforms like SEEK mentioned in the article reach tens of millions of people worldwide every day, they take a broad-brush approach to recruitment. Beef Central’s recruitment platform, AgJobs Central, is highly-targeted at a dedicated, switched-on, national beef, sheep and grains industry audience, who visit our sites with high frequency. Here’s what a previous advertiser had to say.

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