Total vacancies in the UKHere's a graph showing how many job vacancies are listed on reed.co.uk, the Job Centre Plus, The Guardian's Jobs pages, GumTree's London pages and all of Gumtree's regions added together. I've ripped up the y-axis a wee bit so they all fit, and you can see how much each has changed in relation to each other.438,228Up 2.7% from last month
Down 1.1% from last quarter
And here is a graph showing the total number of job vacancies in the UK extrapolated out from ONS figures and how each job vacancies agency has changed from day to day:-
Or, perhaps a nicer graph would be this one which has what I've extrapolated is the monthly average, compared to the published ONS figure.
What does it all mean? Well, I reckon my calculations are close enough to the ONS figures to be considered reliable. The ONS get theirs from sending out surveys for a sample of companies to fill in each month. I get my figures from counting actual job adverts.
I'm somewhat sceptical that Gumtree just keeps growing and growing. I figured that maybe they don't delete filled vacancies, and so it just keeps on accumulating, but in some place the number of vacancies is falling, so that can't be right.
Anyhoo, most of the websites show an increase in job vacancies over the last month
- Guardian Jobs +0.6%
- Gumtree +6.8%
- Job Centre Plus -5.8%
- Reed +4.9%
- CareerJet +2.6%
Out of all the sectors on Reed.co.uk, best performing ones over the last six month are:-
- Estate Agency
- Customer Service
- Manufacturing is growing due to the poor value of sterling, it helps exports.
- Transport and Motoring are growing sectors because of the government's car scrappage scheme.
- Charities I'm guessing is because of the fakecharity filter, that is charities that depend on public donations have suffered, but those that depend on government money have had constant income.
- Apprenticeships are presumably again promoted by the government.
- Banking and Estate agency, whilst almost dying at the start of the recession the banking sector was bailed out by the government and now they're raking in the cash which huge margins between borrowing and lending rates, which in turn, according to Burning Our Money, is pushing up the property market
- Hospitality, Customer Service and Retail I guess are doing well as a result of both the end of the recession, improving manufacturing and people being more chosy about their purchases, leading to companies providing better service.
Out of the 46 regions on the site, the top ten regions on Gumtree by growth in the number of jobs listed are:-
- London - 2,361 more vacancies (8.74%)
- Glasgow - 909 more vacancies (13.70%)
- Manchester - 804 more vacancies (6.58%)
- Leeds - 495 more vacancies (9.97%)
- Birmingham - 465 more vacancies (5.01%)
- Edinburgh - 438 more vacancies (9.77%)
- Southampton - 436 more vacancies (9.60%)
- Guildford - 417 more vacancies (9.72%)
- Leicester - 377 more vacancies (8.37%)
- Bournemouth - 348 more vacancies (6.17%)
- Hull - 5 fewer vacancies (-0.52%)
- Ipswich - 11 fewer vacancies (-0.77%)
- Newcastle - 12 fewer vacancies (-0.46%)
- Middlesbrough - 37 fewer vacancies (-3.92%)
- Aberdeen - 42 fewer vacancies (-1.60%)
- Inverness - 53 fewer vacancies (-4.35%)
- Exeter - 55 fewer vacancies (-2.45%)
- Plymouth - 89 fewer vacancies (-5.35%)
- Stoke - 96 fewer vacancies (-8.56%)
Take care space cadets, and good luck.