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Total online job postings in the year to 1st December using Labour Insight data



  • Month on month, job postings have decreased by 11.81% from October to November (653,888 postings down to 576,665). This is the first decrease in job postings since March. There were 98,551 (14.6%) fewer jobs advertised this November, compared with jobs advertised in November 2019. – Figure 1
  • Job postings decreased by 10.58% in the week to 28th November – 143,750 jobs advertised in 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 – November 2020 vs October 2020: London 12.8% decrease (87,844 jobs advertised in November); Manchester 10.7% decrease (13,218 jobs advertised in November); Birmingham 11% decrease (9,848 jobs advertised in November).- Figure 3
  • Job postings by most in-demand occupations – November 2020 vs October 2020: Healthcare jobs advertised fell by 10.6% to 69,494; IT jobs fell by 6.6% to 61,404, and Sales jobs fell by 19.7% to 36,149. – Figure 4
  • Job postings by top three industries: Human health & social work, Education, Manufacturing – Figure 5

Data from Labour Insight.  Time Series Analysis reporting on 6,291,539 online job postings for the 365 days to 1st December 2020.

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Figure 1 – UK job postings – by month to end November 2020

Jobs to Dec

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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