UK job vacancies reach 2.7 million high with huge demand for drivers and prison officers

Driving instructors in particular saw a huge increase with adverts up 32.3 percent.

In total, the number of active job postings reached 2.68 million last week, a record high for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s tracker.

In the first week of November alone 221,000 new jobs were posted, the fourth-highest weekly figures since the start of 2020.

Other key occupations in demand are secondary school teachers (+9.1 percent), care workers (+7.1 percent) and goods packers (+6.8 percent).

The figures have disappointing news for construction workers though with falls in adverts for painters and decorators (-17.8 percent), roofers (-13.4 percent), and bricklayers (-11.3 percent)

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC said: “It’s vital that, as the recovery continues, government put measures in place that will help companies invest with confidence, thereby increasing productivity and helping the economy to grow.”

“That includes a revolution in the skills system, especially focused on helping those furthest from the labour market into work.”

“The best way to achieve this is through collaboration between business and government, with joined-up planning to meet the economy’s needs and deliver prosperity.”

Mr Carberry commented: “London has been affected more than other areas by the rise of hybrid working, and its jobs market continues to grow at a slower pace than the rest of the UK.”

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning he also explained the sectors with the biggest shortages such as driving and IT were seeing the fastest wage increases.

He added: “One of the big questions for early next year is how much of that is trying to attract new people from the labour market, versus the kind of pay rises that companies might choose to put through for their own staff.

“That doesn’t seem to have risen quite as much yet, and of course with inflation being as high as it is, there’s likely to be some pressure about that in early 2022.”

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Further analysis on the jobs market came from the Office for National Statistics yesterday which found online adverts at 147 percent of their 2020 levels.

In particular, the ONS found strong demand for workers in transport, logistics and warehousing.

Next Tuesday the ONS will publish latest figures on the labour market including unemployment, average weekly earnings and job vacancies.

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