Number of UK job postings grows to one million

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REC: ‘While many businesses are facing tough decisions on staffing this week, there are other firms where hiring is still happening, and their numbers are growing’.

As the country gradually begins to re-open, the total number of job postings across the UK has grown to 1.05 million.

According to latest figures from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the number of job postings across the UK continued to rise as lockdown measures were eased in early July.

While this growth was seen across the whole country, it was most marked in the north-west of England. Between 22-28 June and 6-12 July, the number of active job postings in the region increased by over 17,000 to 125,000.

In particular, Mid Lancashire has continued to see a surge in job adverts, with a rise of 37.4% in early July.

There was a notable increase in job adverts for IT professionals across the UK. For example, postings for web designers and developers increased by 15.5%, and there was a rise of 6.6% for programmers and software developers.

Other job roles which saw growth in job postings included:

  • Graphic designers (+11.3%)
  • Sales administrators (+9.9%)
  • LGV drivers (+9.7%)
  • Carpenters and joiners (+8.5%)

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Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, commented, “Business confidence has slowly been rising as lockdown measures have eased – though the recovery has a long way to go. This is reflected in these job postings figures. While many businesses are facing tough decisions on staffing this week, there are other firms where hiring is still happening, and their numbers are growing. It is encouraging that we are seeing indications of growth for roles like IT professionals and designers, which will be critical for many firms as they adapt to meet the challenges of a changed market.

“However, we are not out of the woods. The economy will not return to normal levels for some time. Firms are looking to government for further guidance on how they can begin to open up more fully, including returning to offices – as long as it’s safe to do so. This would deliver a further boost in confidence and get Britain’s world-leading services industries going.”

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