Last reviewed 6 May 2022

According to the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation), in the last week of April, there were 1.81 million job adverts in the UK, up by 7% from a week earlier and 15% from the previous month.

The number of active job adverts across the UK has risen steadily since late March, according to its latest Labour Market Tracker and the last week of April saw 173,000 new job adverts posted in the UK.

Almost all occupation areas recorded at least marginal increases in job adverts compared to the previous week and there were “notable” increases in adverts for jobs in the business and accounting sector such as accountants and financial managers and directors.

There were only four occupations that saw decreases in active job adverts: postal workers and couriers (-5.5%), security occupations (-2.3%), furniture makers and woodworkers (-0.3%) and forestry workers (-0.3%).

REC Chief Executive, Neil Carberry, said: “The data continues to show that employers across the UK are eager to hire new staff into their businesses. The number of new job postings has remained relatively stable for the past few weeks, despite concern about rising inflation. But the jobs market remains tight – the rising number of active adverts indicates that some firms are struggling to hire.”

He noted that the number of new job adverts being posted has stabilised at a lower level than the “red hot pace” of early 2022 and suggested that rising number of active postings overall likely reflects job adverts being left open for longer, with employers across the country struggling to attract candidates for their vacancies.