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Vacancy numbers fall 10% week-on-week, but some sectors show signs of recovery

Vacancies in the UK dropped 10% week-on-week in the week ending 17th May according to Broadbean Technology. Despite this, some sectors did see increases; cleaning and maintenance vacancies were up 37% whilst vacancy numbers were up 11% week-on-week.

Procurement and warehouse management also saw vacancies rise 11% week-on-week and transport and traffic saw a 6% rise.  

Alex Fourlis, managing director at Broadbean Technology, said, “While it’s perhaps too early to say that things are on the up, our data indicates some positivity as Britain tries to get back to work. As businesses look to open offices, demand for safe public transport increases and construction gets going again, the challenge facing employers now is finding enough people willing and able to get back to work. With much of the UK workforce struggling with childcare options, illness and potentially juggling work commitments with living with a vulnerable person, the resources aren’t necessarily available to return to normal activities. We expect demand for staff for sectors that form the foundation of the country’s workforce – such as cleaning, maintenance and transport – to continue to grow in the coming weeks and months.”

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