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UK job adverts increase

Published: Monday 6th July 2020

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for UK recruitment businesses, has released figures showing an increase in UK job adverts. This news comes as more sectors in the UK begin opening following the lockdown.

The figures reinforce Zoek’s own findings which show many sectors are beginning to advertise more jobs. This increase was expected following the relaxation of lockdown rules. However, it has been revealed that some industries are showing significantly higher growth than others. One example is hospitality jobs advertised on Zoek. Job adverts in this sector on Zoek have increased an incredible 10,000% between March and June.

Many people on their way to work, reflecting an increase in jobs adverts

Sectors with the biggest growth

The REC represents over 3,000 recruitment businesses in the UK. The agency has revealed nearly one-million job adverts were posted in the last week of June. This was an increase of roughly 27,000 jobs from the beginning of the month. Zoek’s latest figures go deeper, revealing a large increase in UK job adverts across sectors in March to June. The sectors with the largest increases in job adverts on Zoek between March and June of this year are:

  • Hospitality – up nearly 10,000%
  • Health & Social Care – up nearly 7,000%
  • Construction – up nearly 5,000%
  • Retail – up nearly 1,000%
  • Travel & Tourism – up nearly 800%

Three female hairdressers working in a busy salon

Jobs in demand

The REC highlighted increases in bar staff, bricklayers, glaziers, roofers and hairdressers. Furthermore, Zoek can reveal little change in the types of jobs people are searching for. The most popular search terms used on Zoek during lockdown have remained consistent. The most common searches performed during this time included ‘marketing’, ‘warehouse’, ‘admin’ and ‘retail’.

What is next?

The UK job adverts increase is cause for optimism. However, some experts warn that total job adverts remain below pre-lockdown levels. In addition, the government’s withdrawal from furlough support over the coming months is expected to add to further jobs losses.

The warning comes on the back of figures released by the Office for National Statistics. The figures show that over 600,000 people lost their jobs in April and May. Furthermore, the trend appears to be continuing. John Lewis and Airbus are just two of the many companies that have announced job losses in recent days.

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