According to a new study, job vacancies have reached their highest level since the first lockdown – but there are large regional differences in the number of positions offered.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said 1.36 million job ads were posted across the UK in the first week of November, most since early March.
There are now more job advertisements in half of the UK than in March.
The job recovery is being led by North West England and Wales, but London is lagging behind.
The roles in construction, logistics, and food and drink have rebounded significantly, while hospitality and leisure are significantly lower than in March, according to the REC.
CEO Neil Carberry said, “The unemployment and layoffs figures earlier this week showed that this is a tough moment for our job market, but we also know that new jobs are always being created and as this data shows, there is hope in to be found. ” many places and sectors.
“What we need to do now is help companies that can create jobs and help people who have lost their jobs transition into these new roles.
“Given the large differences in demand across regions, avoiding skill mismatches requires serious planning.
“The government can help by reducing the barriers to job creation through tax policies and regulatory changes – for example, by maintaining the online right to work review that we moved to in the pandemic.”