Number of UK job vacancies top pre-pandemic levels

15 July 2021

Recently released data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that, in the three months to June, the amount of job vacancies in the UK exceeded levels seen prior to the pandemic.

Encouraging figures showed that, between April and June, there were 862,000 vacancies available - 77,500 more than those observed in the first three months of 2020. It is suggested that this increase has been triggered by more vacancies in hospitality and retail, as Covid restrictions were relaxed in May, allowing more businesses in these sectors to reopen.  

In June 2021, the number of individuals on payrolls also increased by 356,000 to 28.9 million, showing the biggest growth since the onset of the pandemic. Conversely, the number of payroll workers was 206,000 less than the number recorded prior to the pandemic.

In further positive news, between March and May, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.8%, from 5% in the period between December and February.


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