The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries with Growcom and the Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance (RJSA) undertook a survey of Queensland enterprises to estimate seasonal labour demand for the six month period from April 2020 to September 2020.
The purpose of this analysis is to provide an early and rapid study into the workforce requirements of the Queensland agriculture sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to all the growers who participated in the RJSA and Growcom labour demand surveys.
The results of the industry surveys, where valid responses were received, combined with DAF analysis have been finalised.
Preliminary assessment estimated labour demand of up to an a monthly average of 10, 000 jobs.
Final analysis following targeted responses identified an average monthly workforce demand of 10,000 to 13,000 skilled and unskilled workers for the six-month period to September 2020.
Queensland horticulture labour demand is expected to increase month-on-month from 8,000 – 9,000 workers in April 2020 to 11,000 to 15,000 workers in September 2020.
A report is currently being finalised.
The RJSA will continue collecting information on the current and upcoming workforce needs of agriculture and their concerns about the impact of COVID has on their business. Please have your say by completing the survey here: https://surveys.couttsjr.com.au/s3/Agriculture-and-Grazing-Labour-Forecast-Survey-April-to-September-2020.