The number of jobs available for remote workers in Australia has plunged from 8.5 million last year to just 1.9 million, according to new data from the National Employment Market Analysis Centre.

The data shows that while there was a slight rise in jobs available in April, that was offset by an 8 per cent drop in May, which was offset slightly by a 7 per cent rise in June.

While this is a disappointing news for workers looking to get back to work, the ABS said the trend in job seekers has reversed and the number of available jobs will be around 7.5m by the end of the year.

It also said the number in remote work has increased from around 8.6 million last April to around 8 million this year.

The number of workers available for hire through a contract or work experience scheme has also risen, from around 755,000 in March to around 756,000 this year, with the number more than doubling to more than 2.8 million in 2020.

However, it also said it was not immediately clear how many Australians had been employed through work experience schemes, as the data did not show how many people had worked out how to do it or if they were being paid.

“The government is still working on how to help people who want to work remotely but not necessarily by creating jobs, but we want to help those who are working remotely but aren’t in the job market,” the ABS told the ABC.

“If you are looking for a new job, you can find out more on our jobs site.”

Employers should be aware of the new job market trends in the lead up to the next ABS data collection date of July 7.