The Jobs Recovery Tracker produced by the REC and Emsi indicated that the second and third weeks of March 2021 showed the highest numbers of new job vacancies advertised since the pandemic began last year. The second week of March showed a total of 179,000 new job vacancies, and the third week showed a total of 146,000 new vacancies. These figures show a promising sign that many businesses are now looking to bring in new employees as they prepare to reopen as restrictions lift.
The retail and hospitality sectors were most affected by lockdown, so it is encouraging to see that there have been increases in vacancies for cooks, kitchen and catering assistants, bar staff and hotel and accommodation Managers. Managers and Directors in the retail and wholesale sector, sales and retail assistants and sports and leisure assistants also saw an increase in vacancies.
There is also an increased number of temporary job vacancies compared to last year. In mid-March 2020, temporary job vacancies represented 14% of all active job adverts, which increased to 15.1% when the first lockdown eased in early July 2020 and 16.3% in mid-March 2021. This indicates the importance of temporary job roles in assisting businesses to prepare for reopening once lockdown is lifted.