The Rostering Report

An analysis of Deputy's rostering data to better understand the state of Australian labour industries

The pace of change instigated by COVID-19 highlighted the need for real-time data to better understand what has happened in the Australian labour market. 

PwC Australia has collaborated with Deputy to create the Rostering Report, a fortnightly analysis into 27 industries sub-sectors across the nation that will detail current and forecasted employment growth.

Why analyse rostering data?

A significant proportion of the Australian workforce is employed with irregular hours. Businesses operating with this flexibility will rapidly expand and contract hours of such employees as demand rises and falls, and can thus be a leading indicator of how the economy responds to various trends.

Deputy collects information on hours worked as part of its cloud-based rostering software.

Analysis of Deputy’s rostering data is useful in understanding, in close to real-time, how industries with a significant irregular workforforce:

  • have been performing 
  • can be expected to perform in the next roster period (i.e. two weeks out).

Such information is particularly useful in better understanding how the economy is recovering from the COVID-19 lockdown.

In this analysis we focus on 27 industry sub-sectors in which Deputy manages rostering. These sub-sectors have been grouped into four headline sectors (Healthcare; Hospitality; Retail; Other Services).

We compare current two-week activity levels (hours worked) to: February (pre-COVID-19 levels); and the previous fortnight. 

In future issues we intend to provide projections of changes in hours worked over the coming fortnight based on forthcoming roster allocations.


Contact us

Jeremy Thorpe

Chief Economist & Partner, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 (2) 8266 4611

Ilya Zak

Associate Director, Infrastructure and Urban Renewal, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 (2) 8266 2652

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