Total job postings reach 1.12 million

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REC: ‘The trend of improvement in hiring we are seeing may be slow, but it is sure. As schools re-open and more businesses open up workplaces, we expect to see more adverts as firms change to reflect the new normal’.

Latest data shows that the number of job adverts in the UK continued to rise in late August, with the total number of active job postings rising to 1.12 million in the final week of the month.

These figures, recorded by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), show that this is around 26,000 more than in the first week of August.

Although the pace of growth has slowed, there were still almost 107,000 new job adverts posted in the week beginning 24th August – a good sign considering this is often a slower month for new postings, due to holidays.

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Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said, “The trend of improvement in hiring we are seeing may be slow, but it is sure. As schools re-open and more businesses open up workplaces, we expect to see more adverts as firms change to reflect the new normal – including adapting air conditioning, it seems.

“But we can’t assume an upturn in hiring means we are out of the woods, given the likely scale of job losses this autumn as firms adapt to the new reality. Government needs to work with the jobs specialists of our world-leading recruitment and staffing sector to deliver support to jobseekers urgently and encourage firms to hire.

“Supporting jobs through a cut in employers’ National Insurance and more flexibility in training support would both help to increase hiring activity and, more importantly, build business confidence.”

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