Last reviewed 7 July 2020

According to the Jobs Recovery Tracker, published by REC (the Recruitment and Employment Confederation), total job postings in the UK rose to 990,000 in the last week of June.

With pubs and restaurants reopening in England on 4 July, the demand for bar staff, waiters and waitresses was not surprising, but there has also been growth in job adverts for glaziers, bricklayers, roofers, school support staff, barbers and hairdressers.

The biggest increase in adverts for hospitality roles was in London, but there was growth across the whole of England. However, the number of job postings in the sector remains low compared to before the lockdown, REC noted, and many firms will start by bringing back staff who had been furloughed.

Available at https://www.rec.uk.com/our-view/research/recruitment-insights/jobs-recovery-tracker, the Jobs Recovery Tracker aims to help recruiters, businesses and policymakers see how the jobs market is evolving as the economy recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With hiring on the increase in areas including Mid Lancashire (+9.6%), Luton (+9.3%) and Dumfries & Galloway (+7.6%), the jobs recovery is progressing across the breadth of the country, rather than being concentrated in major cities, the Tracker highlights.

REC Chief Executive Neil Carberry said: “The effects of easing the lockdown are clearly reflected in jobs postings data. While many hospitality and construction firms will start by taking staff off furlough, the market for new jobs in these sectors is starting to improve from the record lows of the past few months.”

Urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to take action in his forthcoming financial statement, he suggested that lower National Insurance, designed to keep people in work, would be vital in boosting confidence.

Comment by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft

As the REC article suggests, the economic standstill that a lot of employers have had to endure during the pandemic will likely be the cause of the surge in recruitment needs.

This need, coupled with the easing of lockdown rules, will benefit both employers and job seekers alike; however, employers should bear in mind that the push for new staff due to the shock of a post-coronavirus demand within these industries may not be a permanent requirement.

While larger businesses may observe longstanding benefits from this surge, smaller businesses may find themselves considering alternative recruitment options for the long-term interests of the business.