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With the second lockdown causing hiring to slow during November, latest data has shown that vacancies are starting to rise as the tier system is put in place.

The survey, compiled by Broadbean Technology, revealed that vacancies increased by 11% during the week ending 29th November and for the sectors hit the hardest by the lockdown (hospitality and sales), recruitment levels rose by 7% and 14% respectively as firms got ready for re-opening.

Demand for IT professionals continued to rise significantly, with vacancies up 27% week-on-week – a trend that’s been noted in the last few months due to more businesses operating remotely.

Alex Fourlis, Managing Director at Broadbean Technology, commented on the findings, “To see such a healthy rise in vacancies following the news that lockdown was ending and a tiered system would replace it, is really positive news for the UK’s employment arena.”

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Alex added, “While it was perhaps obvious that hiring levels would be impacted to some degree during the second national lockdown, to see recruitment levels bounce back so quickly has quelled many fears that there would be a long-lasting impact on hiring into December and beyond. And while it is still early days – and of course we are, and will continue to be under restrictions for some time yet – early indications suggest that business confidence is returning.

“As we approach the end of the year it remains to be seen how the recruitment landscape will adapt over the coming weeks and months until a wide scale vaccine programme is rolled out – however we are quietly confident that the darkest days of 2020 are behind us.”

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