EMPLOYMENT: Job adverts hit new high in run up to Christmas, say recruiters
The number of job adverts has hit a record high, with particular demand for prison officers, dentists, vets and scaffolders, according to a new report.
Around 210,000 new jobs were advertised last week, taking the total to 3.51 million, said the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
There was a notable decline in adverts for management roles in the hospitality sector, including publicans, restaurant and catering managers, and hotel and accommodation managers, the research suggested.
The number of job adverts in the UK continued to grow rapidly throughout November as businesses rushed to hire staff ahead of Christmas, REC said.
Chief executive Neil Carberry said: “The growth in job adverts shows no signs of slowing as we reach the Christmas peak.
“We’ll have to wait and see how this week’s news on the Omicron variant affects the market, with hospitality the sector most likely to bear the brunt of any slowdown in consumer confidence.
“The downturn in hospitality management roles in this data is more likely to reflect the completion of hiring for Christmas.
“More broadly, this is very much a candidate’s market now. Firms need to think about how they will attract staff facing greater competition than ever before.”
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