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Nearly 1 million UK jobs available as employers fight for staff

Tens of thousands of restaurant, hotel, event and leisure jobs are available as England moves to the next step on the roadmap out of lockdown. But our latest research finds jobseeker shortages are making these jobs hard to fill. Read on to find out more.

 

UK jobs ads approaching the 1 million milestone

Job adverts have gone skywards since the stay at home order was lifted at the end of March, climbing 18% from 837,300 at the end of March to 987,800 during the first week of May 2021, powered by hiring surges in Hospitality & Catering, Retail & Leisure. It marks the sixth consecutive week in which job ads have topped 900k and the highest total since November 2019.

Since restrictions began easing, the five sectors seeing fastest recovery are: Hospitality & Catering (+188% since the end of March to 58,400 jobs); Logistics & Warehouse (+36% to 74,800 jobs); Retail (+33% to 17,800 jobs); Legal (+31% to 19,200 jobs); and Manufacturing (+27% to 25,500 jobs).

Key May 17th milestones include allowing restaurants to offer indoor dining, indoor sport & gym classes to resume, weddings with up to 30 guests to take place, hotels and B&Bs to reopen, cinemas and theatres to reopen, outdoor events to resume, and the legalisation of foreign travel. Our data shows affected sectors and companies are hiring at pace in anticipation of this reopening, with tens of thousands of related jobs on offer.

Within Hospitality & Catering specifically, there are over 22,600 jobs available for chefs, 24,000 jobs for waiters, and nearly 3,300 jobs for restaurant managers. Top hiring companies include Whitbread (1,300 jobs); Stonegate Pub Company (1,050 jobs); Pizza Express (870 jobs); JD Wetherspoon (630 jobs); Nando’s (450 jobs), Compass Group (430 jobs) and Pizza Hut (420 jobs).

 

 

Meanwhile, there are over 1,500 hotel jobs currently on offer, including 600 at hotel chain Marriott. The events sector is also hiring at pace with 5,400 jobs on offer for events managers & assistants and 500+ openings for wedding photographers and videographers.

Other companies hiring in hard-hit sectors include Odeon Cinemas, hiring for 26 cinema hosts, and budget airline RyanAir who are looking to take on additional cabin crew.

 

Fewer overseas jobseekers looking for UK jobs

The hiring environment is becoming tighter with fewer overseas jobseekers applying for UK jobs, contributing to an overall supply shortage. Total jobseekers from North America and Western Europe searching for jobs in the UK fell more than 50% between February ‘20 and April ‘21, equalling over 250,000 fewer monthly overseas jobseekers actively looking for UK-based work.

This decline has been led by falling overseas jobseeker interest in service-led industries in particular, while searches for healthcare roles have remained steady. Here’s what our co-founder had to say about the trend:

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of job search engine Adzuna, comments: “We’re approaching the milestone of 1 million jobs in the UK, thanks to rapid hiring over recent weeks ready for the final lifting of lockdown restrictions. In particular, retailers and restaurants & bars are hiring at pace for the reopening – though there is hot competition for staff, with many Hospitality and Retail workers having left the industry to look for more secure work after the ups and downs of the last year. There are also far fewer foreign workers seeking employment in the UK, with overseas interest in UK jobs more than halving from before the pandemic, hitting these industries hard. UK employers can no longer rely on overseas workers to plug employment gaps.”

 

Where are all the jobs geographically

Despite an overall trend of growth, the recovery has not been evenly distributed geographically. The cities bouncing back fastest include Milton Keynes (up 15.5% between March and April ‘21 to 5,100 vacancies), Salford (up 15.5% to 1,500), and Slough (up 14.4% to 2,300 jobs).

 

 

By contrast, opportunities slipped 2.5% month-on-month in Belfast, while The Wirral and Sunderland saw slower than average growth at 1.5% and 2.9% respectively.

 

Table 1: The Top 10 UK Cities For Hiring Growth

CityTotal Vacancies, April 2021% Change MOM Vacancies
Milton Keynes5,10215.5%
Salford1,46415.5%
Slough2,25214.4%
Luton1,62114.4%
Birmingham15,15813.9%
Cambridge4,09913.8%
Crawley1,77613.7%
Chichester1,09413.0%
Northampton4,64512.4%
Exeter3,42512.3%

 

Table 2: The Worst 10 UK Cities For Hiring Growth

CityTotal Vacancies, April 2021% Change MOM Vacancies
Belfast3,310-2.5%
The Wirral8841.5%
Sunderland9392.9%
Middlesbrough1,1915.7%
Plymouth3,14060%
Derby3,6916.1%
Rochdale9767.1%
Bradford1,1217.2%
Basildon1,4367.3%
Warrington3,2767.6%

 


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