From education to employment

New jobs postings fall back to levels last seen in April 2022 

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation

The number of active job adverts across the UK has been cooling-off since the end of July. In the week of 19-25 September, active job adverts hit a low of 1.45 million, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)’s and Lightcast latest Labour Market Tracker.

Last week, 143,000 new job adverts were posted, the lowest figure recorded for 2022 – 8.3% lower than a month earlier.

However, there were notable increases in job adverts within the education sector as the new school year starts. Namely, school secretaries (+8.8%), crossing patrol occupations (+7.7%), teaching professionals (+6.4%), and secondary teachers (+4.0%),

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said:

“Weekly jobs postings have returned to levels last seen in April this year. Employer demand is still significant, but a cooling-off is no surprise. With inflation high, and employers concerned about the economic picture, some moderation in hiring from the sugar rush of the past year was predictable.

“That said, we are entering a new phase in our labour market. Workforce shortages make the impact of a slowdown on hiring much more unpredictable. It is far less likely that we will see much higher candidate availability, especially for roles requiring key skills, even if the economy slows.

“For businesses, working with skilled recruiters to adapt their offer to this market is essential. Changes to IR35 rules announced last week will help with bringing more labour on stream – but Government also needs to address the other key elements of making the UK a great place to invest and create jobs. That includes skills reform, and stability in the fiscal and monetary outlook.”

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On the other hand, driving instructors (-15.5%) saw the biggest weekly decline in active job adverts, followed by ship and hovercraft officers (-12.0%), and Floorers and wall tilers (-11.3%).

West Midlands saw growth in job postings in the week of 19-25 September, with three of the top ten hiring hotspots in London. However, the local area with the highest increase in job adverts was Southampton (+6.6%), followed by West Cumbria (+6.4%) and Telford and Wrekin (+5.3%).

At the other end of the scale, six out of the bottom ten local areas for growth in active job postings were in Northern Ireland. Of those, Newry, Mourne and Down (-16.2%), Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (-14.1%), and Derry City and Strabane (-13.5%) saw the biggest falls.

  1. The Labour Market Tracker: is produced by the REC in partnership with Lightcast,  using their Job Postings Analytics data which is harvested from tens of thousands of job boards. Data was harvested between 12 and 25 September 2022. For more details, see the attached annexes which, in league table format, detail the top and bottom ten county/unitary authorities for growth in job postingsand growth by occupation type.
  2. ‘Active’ job postings are those which were live online during the specified time period. ‘New’ job postings are those which were added to the active stock during the specified time period.

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