Job postings were back to expected pre-pandemic levels for the month of May 2021. The actual job vacancies posted broke the 200,000 mark for the first time since January 2020 and in fact were 6% up on that month. Compared to the same month in 2019, May 2021 is only 0.6% down. This is according to the latest Keep Britain Working job index report.
Hospitality, Retail and Transport/Logistic roles are driving a lot of the growth in the job market (up 27%, 38% and 72% on the previous month respectively; 90%, 85% and 94% up on the same month last year). All three sectors have had their strongest month since the job index report was started, January 2020. Leisure & Tourism roles also posted an increase, with the sector seeing 23% more job vacancies than last month and 58% higher than last year. This growth is most likely a result of the country emerging from lockdown and a greater demand for products and services in these sectors.
All regions of the UK saw an increase in job postings month on month, however some regions saw a large increase (East Midlands, up 62% month on month) and some less so (London, up 11%).
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