The Rimfire Resources’ Rural Jobs Index results for January to June 2014 are out. Conducted every month, the Index tracks job advertisement numbers across both production and agribusiness by sector from the internet and national newspapers.
Overall for the first half of 2014, the number of jobs advertised on the Internet have remained steady compared to the last three years, contrasting greatly with the sharp decline of paper advertised jobs.
On the Internet, 1627 jobs were advertised for both agribusiness and production. This is 14% lower than the same period in 2013, and only down 6% for the same period in 2012.
Breaking down the sectors, production based jobs advertised on the Internet remained steady, whilst the sharpest decline over the past three years have been by merchandise and seed companies. Positions advertised by retail distribution, crop protection and industry grower groups have all trended up for the same period.
Paper based job advertisements have had a dramatic decline. For the past 6 months, 2555 jobs have been advertised in papers nationally. This is a 29% fall from the same period in 2013 and down 48% from 2012.
The fall can be attributed to the continuing trend of less farm production based jobs advertised in papers, when traditionally these roles made up approximately 70% of paper advertised jobs.
Merchandise, seed and livestock based jobs are also trending downwards over the last 3 years in paper advertisements. More positively, animal health, farm machinery, government and industry/grower groups are showing an upward trend in advertising jobs over the 3-year period.
The next Rimfire Resources Rural Jobs Index report will be conducted in January 2015.