Thousands of Australian jobs are on offer but workers prefer to use government ...

Thousands of jobs are on offer but many Australians are reluctant to return to the workforce due to generous government handouts, according to a new report.

Retail sales assistants, truck drivers, child carers, receptionists, managers and registered nurses are among the jobs on offer.

But employers struggling to find workers have blamed a 'lack of applicants' despite a surge in unemployment in the wake of COVID-19, data from the National Skills Commission showed.

Retail sales assistants are one of the jobs employers are looking to hire for, but many say there has been a 'lack of applicants'

Retail sales assistants are one of the jobs employers are looking to hire for, but many say there has been a 'lack of applicants'

In a survey conducted on 5,700 employers with 3,500 vacant positions, 44 per cent said their biggest problem was a small number of applicants.

'The most commonly mentioned occupations that employers have been recruiting for since 7 April 2020 include retail sales assistants, truck drivers, child carers, receptionists, managers and registered nurses,' the NSC report said.

'Around 30 per cent of recruiting employers were having (or expected to have) difficulty filling their vacancies. 

'Lack of applicants' was the most common reason (mentioned by 44 per cent of employers having difficulty recruiting), followed by 'applicants lack experience' (27 per cent).' 

These were followed by the 'location' of the vacancy and 'applicants lack technical skills' (both 20 per cent). 

Employers also asked for workers that had skills which relate directly to the role they would be working in.

Some of the most admired skills mentioned by employers were assisting and caring for others, customer and personal service, operating vehicles, controlling machines and process, along with selling.

Job advertisements have also risen for roles such as nursing and sales representatives, according to data from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

There were nearly 300 ads listed for nursing and accounting roles in Australia within the last week.

More than 250 ads were posted for sale roles and nearly 200 for computer software professions.   

Truck drivers, child carers, receptionists, managers and registered nurses are the top jobs employers are looking to hire for, according to data from the National Skills Commission

Truck drivers, child carers, receptionists, managers and registered nurses are the top jobs employers are looking to hire for, according to data from the National Skills Commission

Unemployment rose to 7.1 per cent in May. Childcare staff are also reportedly in demand following the coronavirus outbreak

Unemployment rose to 7.1 per cent in May. Childcare staff are also reportedly in demand following the coronavirus outbreak

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier this week the government will not allow the JobSeeker payments to 'impede' people returning to work.

'What we have to be worried about now is that we can't allow the JobSeeker payment to become an impediment to people going out and doing work, getting extra shifts,' he told 2GB on Monday.

'And we are getting a lot of anecdotal feedback from small businesses, even large businesses where some of them are finding it hard to get people to come and take the shifts because they're on these higher levels of payment.' 

Unemployment rose to 7.1 per cent in May following the outbreak of coronavirus.

As cases have started to ease within Australia, venues are reopening and staff are urged to return to work.

Former Liberal minister Craig Laundy said his pubs were struggling to get workers back through the doors because they were too comfortable on COVID-19 handouts.

He said staff at his pubs throughout NSW that were on JobKeeper payments were refusing to work shifts. 

'We are going out to the marketplace and advertising at the moment. We are

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