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Jobs Recovery Tracker

  • In the first week of August, there were 1.65 million active job adverts in the UK
  • There were around 204,000 new job adverts posted in the same week, the fourth highest weekly figure since the start of the pandemic
  • The last three weeks have seen the highest numbers of new job postings since mid-May, but labour shortages continue to affect many sectors
  • Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators were in increasing demand last week, as well as insurance underwriters and farm workers
  • Four out of the UK’s top ten hiring hotspots were in north-west England in the first week of August
  • Four of the bottom ten local areas for growth in job adverts were in Scotland

In the week of 2-8 August, there were a total of 1.65 million active job adverts in the UK, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker. This is the second highest weekly figure since December 2020.

The past three weeks, after the lifting of the final COVID restrictions, have seen near-record numbers of new job adverts being posted online. The last week of July saw 213,000 new postings, the highest weekly figure since mid-May. This was followed by 204,000 last week, the fourth highest weekly figure since the start of the pandemic.

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