Thursday, 23 April 2009

Job vacancies update - 23-APR-2009

Good afternoon and welcome to this week's regular analysis of the UK's job market, brought to you by Chris Gilmour, author of the ground-breaking blog illandancient.

This first graph shows the number of jobs in pink listed on reed.co.uk and in dark blue on the Job Centre Plus website and also in green on the right hand axis is some kind of extrapolated figure for how many job vacancies there are in the UK based on what Gordon Brown said a few months back and how the other lines have decreased since then. I reckon its a good approximation.



So yeah, there's basically 390,000 job vacancies in the UK, down from 400,000 a week ago and christ knows 40,000 less than a month ago. The trend lines on the graphs all point downways, with the UK job vacancies figure dropping by about 1,567 per day. Good luck to the 2,100,000 unemployed folk competing for those jobs.

Yes, I'm well aware that yesterday was Budget Day, and Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer announced measures to help create jobs, so I can't wait to see the lines trending upwards in the coming days, weeks, months, years(?).

Lets look briefly at how the top sectors on reed.co.uk are doing.



It all looks a bit shite to me, even Temp jobs which were doing so well are starting to drift downwards.

Going by my cool spreadsheet, week on week, the best performing sectors are Actuarial, FMCG, Leisure & Tourism and Motoring & Automotive, so if you're applying for jobs, those are the growth areas.

Actually, if you get through to the interview stage when you apply for any of these, then have a look at What Will They Ask, its this fabulous website which reports on what people ask at interviews for various sectors and job types. Its always best to be prepared I guess.

Furthermore, if you happen to be some kind of employer, I'm unemployed at the moment and would really like a nice office job doing filing or research or typing or manufacturing or assembling or gardening or knitting or blogging or process control or data analysis or drawing or digging holes, feel free to get in touch.

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