Changes in the UK labour market since the arrival of Covid-19 – total online job postings in the year to 8th August



  • Month on month, job postings have increased by 10.57% from June to July (445,701 postings up from 403,079). This is the third consecutive month where the volume of job postings has increased. However year on year, July 2020 saw 187,253 (nearly 30%) less jobs advertised than in July 2019. – Figure 1
  • Job postings increased by 5.37% in the week to 8th August – 113,353 jobs advertised this week.  Job postings are always subject to natural fluctuations and longer time periods always give a more accurate perspective on growth or decline – Figure 2
  • Job postings by top locations by month  – All top 3 job locations have shown an increase over the past three month period in job postings.  However compared to the same period last year (Vs July 2019), London’s job postings are down 35%, Manchester’s job postings are down 26% and Birmingham’s job postings are down 58%.- Figure 3
  • Job postings by most advertised occupations. All top 3 occupations have shown an increase over the past three month period in advertised roles.  However compared to the same period last year (Vs July 2019), advertisements for healthcare jobs are up by 3%, advertisements for IT jobs are down 18% and advertisements for sales jobs are down 50% – Figure 4
  • Job postings by top three industries – Figure 5

Data from Labour Insight.  Time Series Analysis reporting on 6,397,568 online job postings for the 365 days to 8th August 2020.

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Figure 1 – UK job postings – by month to July 2020

Monthly job count

Figure 2 – UK job postings – Last 365 days – by week

weekly job count

Figure 3 – UK job postings – Last 365 days – by Top locations

Jobs by location

Figure 4 – UK job postings – Last 365 days – by Top occupations

Jobs by occupation

Figure 5 – UK job postings – Last 365 days – by Top industries

Jobs by industry

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