Labour Market Tracker by REC: Active job postings above two million

Posted 20/6/2023 by Arianna Adamo



There are more than two million active job ads in the UK despite caution among employers, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Lightcast’s latest Labour Market Tracker.


The number of active postings in the week of 29 May-4 June was 2,031,765 – a 2.4% decrease compared to the previous week (22-28 May).



Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said: “Even if there are some signs of caution from employers in the face of economic uncertainty, shortages mean many firms are still hiring – and taking longer to do so. That is why we see so many live job adverts today by comparison to last year. These figures emphasise again how important it is that businesses get their talent strategy right by working effectively with skilled recruiters. From flexibility to pay, making sure your business is competitive matters. Later in the year, the REC will be publishing new work to help firms do this.”


Occupations with notable increases in job adverts include market research interviewers (+68.9%), water and sewerage plant operatives (+14.9%), and postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers (+9%). On the other hand, dispensing opticians (-15%), podiatrists (-12.9%), parking and civil enforcement occupations (-10%), hospital porters (-9.1%), and solicitors (-8.8%) saw the biggest weekly decline in job adverts.














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