2016 Job Seeker Suitability Study


The Australian Government Department of Employment is inviting selected employers from across the country to participate in the 2016 Job Seeker Suitability Study (JSSS). We have engaged GfK Australia (GfK), an independent social and market research company, to conduct this study on behalf of the Department. GfK will be contacting employers to ask about the factors they consider when hiring new staff.

The study will be open from 6 June to 17 June, 2016. A representative of the GfK will contact selected employers during this period. 

What is the study about?

The Department is committed to ensuring that it understands employers’ needs. To do this, the Department regularly conducts research with employers, job seekers and other stakeholders in an effort to better understand their experiences. 

In this Job Seeker Suitability Study (JSSS), employers will be asked some details about their workplace, what they look for when recruiting new staff and will be asked to respond to a number of hypothetical recruitment scenarios.

Why should employers participate in the survey?

The findings from JSSS will help the Department to understand the factors employers consider when recruiting for new staff, and in what ways we can ensure that more job applicants meet the needs of businesses in the future.

How long will the survey take to complete?

The study involves a survey which will take approximately fifteen (15) minutes to complete.

Gfk has sent an invitation email to those employers selected to participate. Employers will be required to follow the link in the email to complete the survey online 

Is the survey compulsory?

While we appreciate each and every response, we understand that it can be difficult to find the time. The survey is entirely voluntary, and if employers don’t wish to participate they can let GfK know by emailing jobstudy@gfk.com.

How do we ensure your privacy is protected?

This research is carried out in compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles, and the information provided will only be used for research purposes. No other agency or department will have access to the responses provided. Individuals who participate in the research will not be identified in reporting. The Department and GfK Australia are both bound by the Privacy Act. GfK Australia’s Privacy Policy is available.

This survey has been approved by the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Statistical Clearing House (Australian Government Statistical Clearing House Approval Number: 02505-01)

What you can do if you would like further information about the study?

If you would like more information you can contact GfK by emailing jobstudy@gfk.com.