Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

UK business is actively looking for employees. Is it mutual?

Despite the predictable delay with the lifting of all lockdown restrictions, the very idea of returning to normal in the foreseeable future has boosted business in the UK.

Since mid-April, specialists from Jooble, the 2nd biggest job search engine worldwide, have been observing a steady growth in the number of vacancies. In May it rose by almost 15% compared to April. The trend continued in June with 16% growth against May.

A noteworthy detail is that sponsored vacancies constituted more than 51% of the total number. In June they even rose by 10%. For reference, during spring and summer 2020, the share of sponsored vacancies dropped by almost 35%. As we see, despite the financial hardships caused by the pandemic business has been eager to allocate its budget for job adverts. Companies are putting in more of an effort to find employees.

Even after the full lockdown easing was announced to be delayed by 4 weeks, the market reacted with optimism. The amount of sponsored adverts has even increased by 1%. The same goes for organic jobs, i.e. vacancies published free of charge. Their amount has also grown by 1% since the 21st of June. Over the past 3 months, most jobs were offered to driving instructors, registered nurses, project administrators, cybersecurity trainees, yoga and singing teachers.

What about the job seekers? Surprisingly, despite a decrease in Covid cases and the presumable end of lockdown restrictions, people have been quite reluctant at looking for new jobs. As a result, in April, the British were almost 15% less eager to find a new place to work compared to the month before. In May, the number of job-hopers rose by 4% against May, in June increased by 6% compared to the last spring month. 

Mostly, users want to apply for the positions of executive assistant, graphic designer, personal assistant, project manager, and production assistant. This means that people tend to look for job offers with mixed employment, i.e. those that provide for at least part-time remote work. Many popular job offers require basic computer literacy, flexibility, adaptability and—thankfully—minimum job experience. 

Vladislav Sizov, Product Owner & Global Business development manager, comments: “Judging by our data, UK business looks at unfolding events with cautious optimism, as the marketing budgets are growing. On the other hand, job seekers have slowed down their research and become more demanding to different offers”.