UK job postings on the rise as the UK continues to re-open

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Total job postings rose to 990,000 in the last week of June, with bar staff, roofers and hairdressers among the most in-demand roles as the UK continues to re-open.

As the country slowly begins to re-open from lockdown, the number of job adverts continued to rise during June.

The Jobs Recovery Tracker, produced by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) in partnership with Emsi, shows that in the week of 22-28 June, there were 990,000 unique active job postings in the UK, up from 963,000 in the first week of June.

There were also over 92,000 new job postings in the week of 22-28 June, and while this is lower than the 112,000 new postings that were added earlier in the month, between 1-7 June, it is much higher than the same periods in April and May this year, and supports the overall rise in active job postings in the UK.

With pubs and restaurants having recently re-opened, there was a notable increase in demand for those working in the hospitality sector.

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Between the weeks of 1-7 June and 22-28 June, the number of active job postings for bar staff in the UK rose by 57%, from 958 to 1,505. Job adverts for waiters and waitresses grew by 63%, from 753 to 1,225.

Other occupations that saw increased numbers of job postings in the second half of June were skilled construction roles such as glaziers (+21.0%), bricklayers (+5.5%) and roofers (+5.3%), as more building sites continue to open.

There was also growth for some school support roles, including midday supervisors and crossing patrols (+9.3%) and the number of job postings for barbers and hairdressers rose by 2.1%.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said, “The effects of easing the lockdown are clearly reflected in jobs postings data. While many hospitality and construction firms will start by taking staff off furlough, the market for new jobs in these sectors is starting to improve from the record lows of the past few months.”

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