UK needs more than TWO MILLION workers: Active vacancies hit record high amid ‘abject labor shortage’
Which industries are looking for new staff?
This is the number of new job openings posted in the UK from October 4-10, according to data analyzed by Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
Sales and Shop Assistants: 45,303
Caregivers and home carers: 63.136
Programmers and software developers: 87,873
Education professionals in primary and pre-school education: 37.742
truck drivers: 7.490
Waiters and waitresses: 4.966
bar staff: 7.824
Roofers, roof tiles and slaters: 6,599
Health and Safety Officers: 7.783
*In total there are 2.29 million active vacancies.
The number of job vacancies in the UK has reached an all-time high, with more than two million vacancies currently being advertised, newly released figures show.
Labor market data from October 4-10 shows that approximately 235,000 new job openings have been posted, bringing the total number of active job openings to 2.29 million.
The number of job openings has exploded in the past six weeks, reaching more than 600,000 (36 percent) since the end of August.
According to the numbers, there were 45,303 new ads for sales and store assistants, 44,540 for chefs and 101,948 nurses in the past week.
Demand for store staff is coming in the run-up to Christmas, with shoppers rushing to stock up on goods amid the UK supply chain crisis.
Supermarkets started their Christmas sales early to avoid empty shelves in December, and promotions up to 50 percent off were activated early to avoid a last-minute rush.
Families have been warned to shop now for fear that supplies of toys, electrical appliances and other products will be disrupted by blockades in British ports.
But the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) analysis also shows that 7,490 job openings were posted for truck drivers in the UK in the past week – a 3.3 percent increase since October 3.
The deluge of job opportunities comes amid a shortage of truck drivers in the UK, with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimating that the UK has a shortage of 100,000 truck drivers.
The RHA also said Thursday that an imminent strike by drivers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will jeopardize Christmas, while it emerged that only 20 foreign drivers had been granted visas at this time.
Meanwhile, industry leaders have warned that the job market is being flooded with a “complete mismatch” between workers and occupations, which is pushing up job openings.
Recruitment difficulties are expected to hamper the UK’s recovery from the pandemic, despite record numbers on corporate payrolls.
The number of job openings in the UK has reached an all-time high with over two million vacancies currently being advertised, including 45,303 for retail staff, 44,540 for chefs and 101,948 for nurses.
Labor market data from October 4-10 shows that approximately 235,000 new job openings have been posted, bringing the total number of active job openings to 2.29 million
Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said: “The past month has seen a remarkable spike in job openings, with 235,000 new ads posted last week.
“Companies from almost every industry and local area are currently hiring, and with so much competition for staff, many companies need to offer higher salaries and benefits to attract the people they need.
“Now is a good time to look for work, but this revival phase will pass.
“As the sugar rush fades, future opportunities will be determined by the strength of our underlying economy, specifically the extent to which there are capacity constraints to growth and what advancements companies can make in productivity.”
He added: ‘To really take it to the next level, it’s time for the government to work with companies on skills, including at lower skill levels, capital investment and workforce planning to ensure we have a soft landing after this boom.
‘And all of this should be just as relevant for temporary workers – the flexible backbone of our economy – as it is for staff in permanent positions.’
Wales saw the biggest increase in active vacancies last week, with four of the top ten recruitment hotspots in the country.
While almost every area in the UK saw growth in active vacancies, only three saw a decline – namely Thurrock (-3.8%), the Shetland Islands (-3.8%), and Na h-Eileanan Siar (-0.2%). ).
According to the figures, there were 45,303 new advertisements for sales and store employees. Pictured: A worker touts puzzles at Hamleys as the shop prepares for the Christmas rush
Demand for store staff is coming in the run-up to Christmas, with shoppers rushing to stock up on goods amid the UK supply chain crisis. Pictured: A Co-op store in Hertfordshire, where Quality Street and Celebrations chocolate bags replace fruit and vegetables
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) analysis also shows that 7,490 job openings were posted for truck drivers in the UK in the past week. Pictured: Containers are on the tarmac in the Port of Felixstowe on Oct. 14.
John Gray, Vice President, UK Operations at Emsi Burning Glass, said: ‘The growth in employer demand in recent weeks has not only been extremely strong, but has been comprehensive in terms of geographies and sectors.
“The fact that the number of online job openings has grown in all but three local authorities, and in most occupations, over the past week is testament to how sharply demand for workers across the country has grown since the sharp decline at the start of the year.” the year.
“While demand is high, numerous stories in the media and from employers’ organizations suggest that many employers are really struggling right now to hire people.
“This will raise interesting questions for them about how to attract the staff they need, including the pay they offer and a more attractive benefits package.”
Meanwhile, separate figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed unemployment fell 126,000 to 1.5 million in the quarter to August, while employment rose 235,000 to 32.4 million.
Wages again rose sharply, with an average weekly wage of 7.2 percent with bonuses or 6 percent without bonuses in the three months to August.
The ONS revealed Britain’s gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent in August this year – 0.8 percent lower than before the coronavirus crisis
It said services output grew 0.3 percent in August, while output in consumer-facing services grew 1.2 percent
But the ONS stressed that earnings figures still remain distorted by certain factors, with lower-paying jobs being hit hardest by the pandemic.
It also revealed that UK gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent in August this year, 0.8 percent lower than before the coronavirus crisis.
Economists said the UK’s fuel crisis and widespread shortages have contributed to growth “almost stalling” since August.
Paul Dales, UK chief economist at research consultancy Capital Economics, warned that the economy could flatten due to supply bottlenecks.
He added: ‘Deficits could bite harder in the coming months.
“The recent increase in shortages and the fuel crisis may have brought growth to a near standstill since August.”
Policy Director at the UK Chamber of Commerce James Martin added: ‘Very real problems remain under the aggregate figures, with labor and skills gaps, rising cost pressures and an increasingly heavy tax burden showing the government must act now to improve business. conditions.’