Temps Continue To Prop Up The Economy

Today’s ONS labour market data show our increasing reliance on temporary workers, who’s numbers have increased by 7.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis to approximately 1.67 million for the three-month period from December 2021 to February 2022.   The number of temps as a percentage of total employment was 5.97%, up from 5.61% when compared to […]

Why New “Way to Work” Programme Won’t Work

The DWP has launched a “Way To Work” programme which they say will support people into work quicker, fill vacancies, and reduce numbers of people on Universal Credit.  The scheme expects universal credit claimants to search more widely for available jobs from the fourth week of claiming, rather than from three months as is currently […]

Temps Are Powering The Economy

Latest official figures show that the number of temporary workers increased by 9.32% for the three months from September to November 2021 compared to the same period one year prior.  This is a significant jump and shows that temps are effectively powering the economy as businesses struggle to recruit permanent staff. The ONS workforce figures […]

Job Vacancies At All-Time High

In today’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) labour market figures, we see that unemployment has plummeted, and job vacancies have soared to an all-time high of 1.2m in September.  In the three months to September, vacancies grew across most sectors driven by a jump in demand for workers by shop owners and wholesalers while motor […]

Latest ONS Labour Market Data

Today (14/09/21) the Office of National Statistics has issued their latest data on the UK’s labour market.  It’s broadly good news as the UK post-pandemic recovery appears to be continuing. The number of job vacancies in June to August 2021 rose by 35% to 1,034,000, which is the first time vacancies have risen over 1 […]

Staff Shortages In All Sectors Look Set To Continue

Skills shortages are being felt throughout the UK, in sectors ranging from construction and manufacturing through to retail and hospitality.  And analysis by the CBI shows that the shortages are at multiple skill levels, from entry level front of house workers, through scaffolders and carpenters, through to skilled workers in butchery and electrical engineering.  In […]

Are We on the Road to Recovery?

Yesterday the Prime Minister presented a roadmap out of lockdown and towards post-pandemic recovery, and the prospect of being able to see friends and family is getting closer. Good news for many.  Yesterday Boris also promised to put his arm around business, also good.  In the less good pile is that Boris could not give […]

012 What is happening within the jobs market right now?

With so many different official statistics and varied opinions about the jobs market, we decided to bring you an overview of what is really happening in the UK’s jobs market and where the opportunities are.  We talk to Belinda Johnson, founder of Worklab, who has for many years been deciphering government statistics, data and market […]