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Rhea Laxmi Nath
February 17, 2022
More than one in five of all employing businesses are facing insufficient staff numbers due to COVID-19, according to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
When analysed by industry, it was rentals, hiring, and real estate services that topped the list at 36 per cent, a considerable increase from 14 per cent in June 2021.
Almost 30 per cent of administrative and support services reported insufficient staff, followed by food and accommodation services (26 per cent).
Surprisingly, the industries to report the lowest shortages were retail trade (7 per cent), health care and social assistance (6 per cent) and financial and insurance services (6 per cent).
When asked what factors played a role, over 40 per cent of businesses cited international border closures and a third of businesses cited domestic border closures.
It was also found that 47 per cent of all Australian businesses are experiencing supply chain disruptions.
Of the more than 1,000 businesses surveyed, 36 per cent reported being affected ‘to a great extent’ with major delays and significant impact on revenue. Over 60 per cent were affected ‘to a small extent’ with some delays but little impact on revenue.
The ABS findings indicate small businesses were much more likely to be greatly affected by supply chain disruptions, compared to medium or large businesses.
When asked how they adapted to these disruptions, 86 per cent of businesses reported making at least one modification. At least half of businesses changed their ordering processes and 42 per cent increased the price of goods and services in January 2022.
Other responses included changing the number of suppliers (36 per cent), changing suppliers (29 per cent), and changing the way products or services are provided to customers (35 per cent).
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