Job vacancies return to pre-lockdown levels, study finds
The number of job vacancies has risen to levels not seen since before the first nationwide lockdown, but fears of a shortage of skilled workers have grown, according to a new report.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said there were 1.63 million jobs on offer across the UK in the first week of June, about the same level as in March 2020.
The past few weeks have also seen a record number of new job postings posted online, according to its study.
REC said employers were increasingly concerned about a shortage of candidates for the jobs, as the strong hiring trend continues, despite concerns over the Delta variant of Covid-19, which has been initially identified in India.
Managing Director Neil Carberry said: “Data from the last month shows that hiring in the UK has returned to normal levels, although there are still some differences between sectors and local areas.
“As the restrictions related to the pandemic have been lifted, we have seen an explosion of job postings as companies rush to hire ahead of the reopening.
“The job market is more active than it has been seen in 18 months.
“Employers have some concerns about the increase in Covid cases, and we’ll have to wait to see if that delays the final stage of the reopening, but by far their biggest worry right now is the shortage of candidates for the jobs. .
“The pandemic has exacerbated existing skills and labor shortages in the UK. Governments and businesses must work together to ensure access to training opportunities and unemployment assistance so that everyone can access growing sectors.
Employment Minister Mims Davies said: “A record number of job postings in recent weeks shows that the economy is really getting back on its feet, and through our nationwide network of DWP Jobcentres we Let’s help match people to new roles, including helping job seekers add new skills to be ready for what’s on offer.
“In particular, we are working closely with the hospitality and agriculture sectors to help employers fill their vacancies, and it is this focused, local approach that will help us build back better. “