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Jobs Recovery Tracker: Rise in job adverts continues in the run-up to Christmas

In the first week of November, there were around 221,000 new job adverts posted in the UK – the fourth highest weekly figure since the start of 2020.

  • That brought the total number of active job postings to 2.68 million, another new record high
  • Biggest rises in adverts for driving instructors (+32.3%), prison officers (+13.0%), and fork-lift truck drivers (+9.1%)
  • Notable fall in adverts for construction sector roles such as painters and decorators (-17.8%), roofers (-13.4%), and bricklayers (-11.3%)
  • UK’s top hiring hotspot last week was Telford and Wrekin (+19.4%) followed by South Teesside (+13.9%)
  • Meanwhile, three of the bottom ten local areas for growth in job adverts were in the East of England, while London saw a mixed week

According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker, there were around 221,000 new job postings in the UK in the first week of November. This is the fourth highest weekly figure since data collection for the tracker began at the beginning of 2020.

Growth in job adverts shows no signs of slowing down in the build up to Christmas, despite concerns about increases in the cost of living and the persistent presence of COVID-19. The total number of active job postings reached 2.68 million last week, another new record high for the tracker.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said:

“The latest job advert numbers show recruitment activity staying strong in the run-up to Christmas. The general positive trend varies by region and sector, however. London has been affected more than other areas by the rise of hybrid working, and its jobs market continues to grow at a slower pace than the rest of the UK. And while roles in logistics and care are in high demand, the construction sector saw a drop-off last week as supply issues constrained the industry’s ability to work to capacity.

“It’s vital that, as the recovery continues, government put measures in place that will help companies invest with confidence, thereby increasing productivity and helping the economy to grow. That includes a revolution in the skills system, especially focused on helping those furthest from the labour market into work. The best way to achieve this is through collaboration between business and government, with joined up planning to meet the economy’s needs and deliver prosperity.”

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