Thursday, 21 May 2009

Job vacancies update - 21-MAY-2009

Your weekly amateur analysis of the UK's job vacancies scene from ground-breaking attack blog illandancient.
Total vacancies in the UK 383,170
Down -5.58% from last week
Up 0.87% from last month
Down -21.28% from last quarter
Here's your regular graph showing how many job vacancies are listed on and the Job Centre Plus. A wee caveat about the JCP is that the total jobs listed on their site is updated in real time, so it varies depending on the time of day, contrast this with Reed who update their total daily. Also now included is information from, which is a rolling figure for the past seven days.

Based on Gordon Brown saying there was 500,000 job vacancies in PMQs back in February, we can look at how the number of vacancies on the job sites have varied and we extrapolate it up to a total figure for vacancies in the UK.

So we're down a bit from last week, but still not as low as at the start of the month. Is this the result of the government's efforts to find jobs for the ever increasing armies of unemployed?

Anyhoo, looking now at the sectors which have growing number of vacancies compared to last month:-
Leisure and tourism 28%
Motoring and Automotive 16%
Transport and logistics 13%
IT Contractor 10%
Admin 9%
Hospitality 9%
Retail 9%
Public Sector 9%
Temp 8%
Social Care 8%
Human Resources 7%
Sales 6%
The worst performing sectors are
Scientific -5%
Health -6%
Strategy and consultancy -8%
Training -22%
I wonder if there's a nicer way I can display all this information.

That's it for this week. Good luck with the job hunting.

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