Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Contractor Umbrella News: Pandemic resulted in hiring dropping 22% in 2020

A report looking at the impact of Covid-19 on UK hiring revealed that the global pandemic resulted in a 22% drop in vacancy numbers during last year.

Broadbean Technology’s report also found that London’s recruitment saw a 32% decrease during 2020 and although ICT jobs saw a significant rise in demand during certain points of the year, overall these roles dropped 24% in comparison to the previous year.

Alex Fourlis, Managing Director at Broadbean Technology commented, “With the country under some form of restrictions for the majority of 2020 we absolutely expected there to be an impact on hiring numbers, however, in the circumstances, a 22% decline overall suggests that the UK can weather this storm relatively well.

“The slight uptick in overall hiring last week when compared to the same time last year certainly paints a picture of the times we are operating in now. It would appear that many employers are focusing on hiring as and when needed – and feasible depending on tiered restrictions – meaning that the lull we’d normally expect in the lead up to Christmas hasn’t become a reality this year.”

Fourlis added, “However, there are sectors which we’d normally see an uptick in hiring that have been hard hit. The significant drop across hospitality at a time when we’d expect seasonal peaks in recruitment activity will naturally be a concern for those working in what has undoubtedly been one of the hardest hit sectors during the Covid-19 outbreak.”

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