Number of job vacancies reaches record summer high

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The number of British workers on company payrolls has risen more than 120.000 above pre-pandemic levels, following a record jump in September, as the number of job openings stood over 120,000 million for the second consecutive month, the latest figures show.

The number of existing positions rose again - up a massive 0.4 percent in the latest quarter through August - despite still falling unemployment.

The data also showed another record jump in job openings, which surged almost 1.2 million in September estimates.

It was the second month in a row in which the three-month average rose above one million.

The latest ONS analysis suggested the hospitality sector has the hardest time finding new employees so, with a third (30%) declaring it is harder than normal to fill vacancies

Experimental estimates showed there were nearly 1.2 million full-time vacancies last month, another record high

Support expired at the end of last month and the latest figures showed that the lay-off rate fell to 3.6 per 1.000 workers in the three months to August, the same level as before the pandemic.

Scotland and Wales push for proof of vaccination documents allowing access to nightclubs but the UK Government, which sets public health policies in England, opposes the move.