Changes in the UK labour market since the arrival of Covid-19 – total online job postings in the year to 2nd September



  • Month on month, job postings have increased by 13.72% from July to August (506,684 postings up from 445,701). This is the fourth consecutive month where the volume of job postings has increased. However year on year, August 2020 saw 164,257 (nearly 25%) fewer jobs advertised than in August 2019. – Figure 1
  • Job postings increased by 29% in the week to 29th August – 134,360 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 locations (by volume) have shown an increase over the past four month period in job postings.  However compared to the same period last year (Vs August 2019), London’s job postings are down 31%, Manchester’s job postings are down 15% and Birmingham’s job postings are down 54%.- Figure 3
  • Job postings by most advertised occupations. All top 3 occupations (by volume) have shown an increase over the past three month period in advertised roles.  Compared to the same period last year (Vs August 2019), advertisements for healthcare jobs are up by 9%, advertisements for IT jobs are down 9% and advertisements for sales jobs are down 42% – Figure 4
  • Job postings by top three industries – Figure 5

Data from Labour Insight.  Time Series Analysis reporting on 6,338,663 online job postings for the 365 days to 2nd September 2020.

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


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

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

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

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

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