Recovery continues

Continuous growth in job adverts for skilled occupations

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker, has recorded 192,000 new job adverts posted in the week of 21-27 June giving a total of 1.55 million active job postings in the UK at the end of June. Overall, the data shows that the higher rate of growth in job postings driven by the re-opening of industries that were shut during the pandemic, like the hospitality and leisure sectors, has now levelled off to a steady rate, higher than to the levels we’ve seen before the pandemic began in March 2020.

“Sustained momentum in our jobs market is great news, but vacancies and unemployment don’t just resolve themselves – it takes support to help people find their new role,” notes Neil Carberry, chief executive of the REC. “Rising job adverts for roles that require key skills to get hired – from IT to haulage – highlight the ongoing need to put the skills and job search support people need in place. Tackling this mis-match, in the context of a tightening labour market, should be a priority for government and businesses, working together.

“We need to act now to make sure we do the right thing for jobseekers and our economy,” he continued. “That means a plan that reforms the skills system by listening to business about what is really needed, like changes to the apprenticeship levy. It also includes ensuring job search support programmes are effective and get people to work quickly. And it should acknowledge where shortages are so severe our only option is adding roles to the immigration shortage occupation list, which is overdue a refresh.”

In the week of 21-27 June, market research interviewers (+15.7 per cent) was the occupation with the highest weekly increase in active job postings. There was also a growth in adverts for teaching and other education professional (+13.6 per cent), school midday and crossing patrol occupations (+8.2 per cent) and school secretaries (+6.3) due to the likely seasonal demand within the education sector.

Matthew Mee, director, Workforce Intelligence at Emsi added: “At 192,000 new job postings in the last week, employer demand continues to track above levels seen just before the shutdown of the economy in March 2020, when there were around 180,000 new job postings per week. Perhaps the most noticeable shift in this last week is in London and the South East.

“Both these areas had seen the biggest regional falls in employer demand over the last year, but this week’s ten hotspots for growth are dominated by local authorities in these regions, such as Thurrock, Haringey and Islington, Croydon, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster. Despite this, London as a whole is still tracking behind March 2020 levels, and so it remains to be seen whether the growth seen in these areas this week is a blip, or part of a longer-term trend in which we see employer demand in London and its commuter belt return to pre-Covid levels.”

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