The number of vacancies reached 1.1 million from July to September 2020, but the UK employment rate was still below the pre-pandemic levels.
- This was the second straight quarter where the average number of vacancies has topped 1 million, with 12 of the 18 employment sectors.
- The wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, and motorcycles sector suffered the most significant quarterly jump in vacancies, up by 35,000 jobs (32.4%) in the last three months.
- Overall, there were 3.7 job openings for each 100 employee jobs, a new record high. But there were indicators that demand for staff has started to slow down in certain sectors.
- Last quarter, the ONS posted a 38.9% jump in vacancies compared to the last three-month period, but from July to September, there was a 27.7% increase.
Even though all sectors recorded an increase in job openings, the highest rate of growth was posted in transport and storage that recorded a 56.1% increase in vacancies.
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Source: Office of National Statistics