Employers More Satisfied With
Job Network

February 17 2003 - Employers' attitudes towards the Commonwealth Government Employment Service have become much more positive since the introduction of the Job Network, according to Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough.

Releasing the latest in a series of reports arising from the 2001 Survey of Employer Use and Perceptions of Job Network, Mal Brough said:

"Employer satisfaction with employment services was 74 per cent prior to the establishment of Job Network, but had since increased to 90 per cent in 2001."

More than 7000 employers across Australia were asked what they thought of Job Network and how it could be improved as part of the survey.

Mal Brough said that a great deal of information released by the department had focussed on the success of Job Network from the job seekers' perspective. "Now we have more up-to-date information about what employers think of the Job Network and which employers are using it to recruit new staff," he said.

The government claims that the introduction of Job Network in 1998 revolutionised employment services in Australia. "The process since then has been one of continuous evolution," Mr Brough said.

The 2001 Employer Survey Papers contain a wide range of information such as recruitment practices in the 21st Century, best practice ideas for Job Network, employers' attitudes to particular types of job seekers and Internet recruitment and JobSearch practices.

Highlights of the reports include:

* which industries Job Network services could expand into;

* what recruitment strategies employers use for particular types of job vacancies;

* the attributes employers value in applicants; and

* areas where employers think Job Network services could be improved.

"The reports explore the attitudes of employers towards job seekers, including the long term unemployed," commented Mr Brough.

Copies of the report are available on www.workplace.gov.au