Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Job adverts down year-on-year, but opportunities increase month-on-month

The amount of jobs being advertised fell by 47% in July, when comparing data with a year ago, the latest job market data has shown.

Despite this, the data from CV-Library shows there were 31.7% more vacancies up for grabs than there were in June, suggesting that the job market is slowly picking back up.

The job board analysed data from its site throughout the month of July and compared the findings with data from July 2019 and June 2020 to build an understanding of how the UK job market is fairing right now.

It reveals that applications to these roles have increased by 9% year-on-year and 16.7% month-on-month; causing the application to job ratio to soar by a massive 105.8%.

Key industries saw job numbers drop significantly year-on-year, including catering (down 83.9%), design (down 79.7%), administration (down 77.8%), media (down 76.2% (and leisure/tourism (down 75.9%).

The only industries to see an increase in job adverts year-on-year were the public sector, where vacancies rose by a massive 61.9%, and social care, where they increased by 2.7%.

“Demand for jobs is still outstripping supply and this will be a trend that we’ll continue to see for some time. Naturally, the summer months tend to be a quieter time for both recruitment and job searching,” said Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library.

“However, the fact that our economy is struggling means there are less opportunities up for grabs than normal and more people looking for work; not an ideal combination.

“At the same time, certain industries and locations have been hit harder than others and this may worsen if there are more local lockdowns like we’re seeing in the North.”

Interestingly, despite there being less jobs available, average pay actually rose by 5.7% year-on-year; from £34,956 in July 2019, to £36,958 in July 2020.

Despite this, average salaries did drop in industries hit-hard by the pandemic, such as leisure/tourism (down 7.3%), catering (down 6.1%), charity (down 5.1%), hospitality (4.9%) and media (down 3.1%).

“While it’s a promising sign that salaries are higher than they were a year ago, the month-on-month dip in pay for new jobs does suggest that companies are starting to make difficult decisions about their workforce,” said Mr Biggins.

“Candidates may well expect to take a pay cut during an economic downturn, but be prepared to have difficult conversations with applicants who may be expecting more than you can offer right now.”

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