The short answer to this question is – YES !!!!
There certainly are “seasons” for employment throughout the Calendar year.
These seasons are created by two factors – Holidays and Financial Year – so if you are “seeking work” or “seeking staff” , you need to take this into consideration.
Traditionally most Companies and Industries experience a slow down over the Christmas / New Year period. Previously when Australia still had a strong manufacturing focus, many businesses closed down for approximately 6 weeks from mid December through to end January. Recent decades and changes in Industry focus to a more “Services” oriented sector, has seen this Christmas “slow down” drop to between 1 – 3 weeks just over the Christmas and New Year period.
So there is less JOB AVAILABILITY !!
Companies often will not recruit at this time as they do not want to pay Public Holidays, Penalty rates, etc over this period. (Obviously with the exception of the Hospitality, Tourism and Retail sectors). Often there are not enough staff available to induct and train new employees and a general period of business slowdown is not the right time to on-board them.
Likewise there is a DROP in staff availability and people seeking work at this Holiday time. People want to spend school holidays with their families. Their focus is on the Christmas Season and Commitments. On rest, relaxation and revitalisation for the year ahead.
Employers also have these personal commitments and focus their attentions there.
After the Christmas break, Management Teams return refreshed to plan the year ahead. They modify and build their teams ready for better work practices, utilisation of current staff and look to recruit additional staff for greater business development.
Similarly following the Christmas break, more employees come onto the market. New Years’ Resolutions, renewed optimism and career decisions generally see a surge from late January.
So for new staff – the greatest choice is available after the Christmas period.
More job availability creates more movement and confidence on both sides. More resignations, changes, job creation.
This market “generally” snowballs and continues right through until late April and early May.
Then, as winter and the End of Financial Year both loom ahead, the employment market tends to slow.
Companies concentrate on their EOFYr reports, reviews, revision and preparation of budgets and forecasts for the year ahead.
Winds blow, rain falls and the temperature drops – so job seekers are less likely to go “out” looking for new employment.
The availability of jobs is down as is the availability of candidates.
By the end of August to mid September, the Winter and EOFYr have passed and the move is on again !!
Companies are changing staff and roles, sourcing new and better people to fit into their business plan and to meet and facilitate expected growth.
Candidates come back onto the market with greater job optimism and availability and they want to be “in their new job ASAP so that they can have some time off at Christmas”.
Greater availability of JOBS and Greater availability of STAFF.
We generally see another employment surge from September right through to early December!
And then the Cycle begins again !