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Current Allied Health trends in Australia and what we predict for 2022

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The pandemic has had a pretty sizeable impact on the Allied Health world – the way people work, who can work where, the great resignation and the number of jobs available.

It’s been a year and then some, and we’re all feeling it. Here are some of the trends we’ve seen in 2021, and some of our predictions for 2022.



Job ads are up

According to SEEK, they’ve recently posted the highest number of job ads in a month in their 23-year history. In October 2021, the number of SEEK job ads posted was up by 63.2.0% compared to October 2020. 

We at Medijobs Australia have also had a lot of enquiries from companies looking to hire, many of whom need some advice about how to stay competitive when there are so many others advertising at the same time.


Job seekers are down

Just as their job ads have gone up, SEEK reports that their applications per job ad have declined by 5.4% month-on-month.

Has the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for health workers exacerbated the problem of an already candidate-short market? Yes. Big time! Have international border restrictions also led to a candidate shortage? You bet.

Essentially, we’re facing a jobs boom without the workers.


Allied Health worker wellbeing has suffered

A study commissioned by the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association has found the pandemic has placed unprecedented work demands on Allied Health professionals. Some have been pushed to the brink, especially those who have been working on the frontline treating COVID patients, or in areas that have had long periods of strict lockdown. 

The wellbeing of staff needs to be absolutely prioritised by all employers as we head into the 3rd year of the pandemic.



Candidates will be calling the shots

With job ads so high and applications declining, job seekers basically have their pick of roles available. Some are demanding salaries that would have been unthinkable in the past.

If you’re an employer, you need to pay very close attention to what candidates are looking for in a job, and make sure you offer appropriate perks such as work from home options, flexibility and RDO’s. Regular pay reviews and multi-stream performance bonuses will also be expected by savvy staff members as will paid wellness leave and CPD contribution.  


Work from home is here to stay

Working from home has become so normalised over the last 2 years, and we’re hearing from candidates that it’s a priority when it comes to future roles. It’s definitely high on the list of perks that job-seekers want to see from a potential employer.

We’re also seeing an increased number of Allied Health candidates who are not vaccinated, so telehealth is their main option if they’re to continue in this industry. There’s quite a pool of talent in this category, so employers take note.


Telehealth will take off

We are seeing an increased demand for telehealth Allied Health professionals nationally. It’s still early days but we predict that telehealth could be the way of the future.


Mandates aren’t a sure thing

Case law is being established and mandates by employers are being tested in court right now. This is definitely a minefield to watch, as we predict it will be ever-changing in 2022.


International candidates will see opportunities

As the borders begin to open and hotel quarantine measures are eased, we expect that the international candidate market will open up again. It’s no mean feat to recruit or be recruited into Australia, so it’s important to organize paperwork ASAP.


If you need help navigating your job or talent search, get in touch. We’re up to date with all the latest rules and restrictions and are happy to have a no obligation chat with you.

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