Jobs market bounces back as the kids go back to school

kidsEngland’s “back to school” stampede might have finally given frazzled parents some “me-time”, unshackling many from trying to teach their kids while working from home, but it has also provided a boost to the recruitment market, with job postings up on average by more than 17.5%.

According to the latest data from the job board CV-Library, the uplift was seen across the board; throughout the UK regions and among the individual job sectors, with marketing putting in a strong performance.

The most notable increases were in Northern England +26.6%; East Anglia +20.4%; West Midlands +20.3%; North-East +20.2%; East Midlands +18.3%; South-West +17.0% and finally the South-East on 14.8%.

UK sector job posting increases for the week commencing March 8 2021 shows telecoms are the top on +47.5%, followed by sales +44.4%; automotive/aerospace +38.1%; Education +36.8%; legal +31.5% ; leisure and tourism +27.3%; marketing +26.2%; engineering +23.1% and retail +22.8% .

CV-Library founder and chief executive Lee Biggins said: “There was never any question that the closure of schools would have a significant impact upon the job market, in terms of both its growth and employee productivity levels when having to home school children.

“Such an instant boost in job postings, across a breadth of regions and sectors, provides a welcome relief for the UK economy and bodes well for the coming weeks and months.

“The next 2 stages of the roadmap are the key milestones for businesses and this, combined with the easing of pressure on working parents, will not only shift the UK job market out of its current limbo, but start to ease the caution that has prevailed for both employers and job seekers alike for the last year.”

Last week it emerged that data professionals are in such high demand that even trainee data science roles are now commanding salaries which exceed the pay of junior doctors, lawyers and dentists as more and more organisations wake up to the power of data insight.

According to the Mana Search 2020 Salary Report, demand continues to outstrip supply with data scientists, engineers and analytics professionals, in particular, being in high demand.

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