As the economy is recovering from the effects of the pandemic, new data found that vacancies for skilled roles are continuing to rise.
In the week commencing 21 June alone, 1.55 million job adverts went up in the UK, which is more than the beginning of lockdown in March 2020.
According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest Jobs Recovery Tracker, during this time, there was an increased demand for opportunities in teaching and education, plus professional and skilled roles.
There was even an increased rate of job postings in sectors that forced to close during the height of the pandemic due to social distancing restrictions, these being in hospitality and leisure.
In June 2021, the Office of National Statistics revealed UK employment decreased for the fourth consecutive time since April 2021 – from 4.8 per cent (during January to March 2021) to 4.7 per cent.
The Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), Neil Carberry, commented on the findings saying that work is needed to ensure the vacancies fill and the unemployed UK workforce finds employment.
“We need to act now to make sure we do the right thing for job seekers and our economy. That means a plan that reforms the skills system by listening to businesses about what is really needed, like changes to the apprenticeship levy. It also includes ensuring job search support programmes are effective and get people to work quickly.
“And it should acknowledge where shortages are so severe our only option is adding roles to the immigration shortage occupation list, which is overdue a refresh,” he said.
The sudden rise in available suggestions suggests that many businesses are hiring as they rebuild and recover. Taking on new employees can be challenging, especially given the restrictions that still remain in place and the changes to many working practices.
It is important that employers support new employees with their onboarding and update their employment contracts and policies to reflect any new working arrangements or requirements.
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