REC - Jobs Recovery Tracker: Growth in job adverts continued in late August led by north-west England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Friday, 11 September 2020
- Total job postings up to 1.12 million in last week of August
- Growth focused in north-west England, Northern Ireland and Wales
- Scotland lags furthest behind for growth in job adverts
- Increase in adverts for crane drivers, legal professionals and air conditioning engineers
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. That’s around 26,000 more than in the first week of August. And while the pace of growth has slowed, there were still almost 107,000 new job adverts posted in the week beginning 24 August. August is often a slower month for new postings, due to holidays.
The number of jobs posted in north-west England rose by 2.0% in late August, while they grew by 1.3% in both Wales and Northern Ireland. This continues the trend we have seen since starting the Jobs Recovery Tracker in late May, with these three regions showing the largest increase in job postings.
However, many local areas saw significantly higher growth in the last week. Four of the top ten hiring hotspots were in Wales, with the largest increases in Anglesey (+6.9%) and Swansea (+5.0%). Northern Ireland claimed three of the top ten spots, including Newry, Mourne & Down (+4.7%) and Antrim & Newtownabbey (+3.5%). The top hiring hotspot in north-west England was Mid Lancashire (+5.4%).
Meanwhile, the number of job postings in Scotland fell by 3.5% between the final two weeks of August. The bottom ten local areas for growth in job postings were all in Scotland, led by Falkirk (-11.3%) and West Dunbartonshire (-16.3%).
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.”
There was a rise in job adverts for a wide range of occupations in late August. Demand continued to increase for blue collar roles such as crane drivers (+9.7%) and assembly line operatives (+5.7%). Meanwhile, as more businesses open up and return to office buildings, there has also been a rise in adverts for legal associate professionals (+8.8%) and air conditioning engineers (+8.2%).
As many non-critical care medical procedures that were delayed by COVID-19 have now begun to restart, there was also a rise in job adverts for podiatrists (+5.6%), dental nurses (+5.4%) and other health professionals (+5.7%).
Matthew Mee, Director, Workforce Intelligence at Emsi said:
“It’s encouraging to see continued recovery of recruitment marketing activity, which is also supported by the overall increase in estimated UK wide job vacancies, which rose from 337K (Apr to Jun) to an estimated 370K (May to July) according to the latest government figures.
“When we look at the latest week’s postings data, whilst it still appears key worker sectors are dominating overall volumes, however we are seeing increased activity from several companies across the construction, technology and retail sectors.”