Number of people applying for temp roles up 34% YoY
In the last week of May, vacancies across the UK were down 11%, according to Broadbean Technology. Internship and graduate opportunities, however, saw an increase of 30%, highlighting many employers’ intention to hire graduates and interns, even virtually, as we head to September.
Communications, marketing and PR jobs were up 37% week-on-week at the end of May, with vacancies in this sector making up 55% of new jobs added. The number of applications per vacancy were also on the rise – up 34% for temp positions and 25% for contract positions, compared to this time last year. The number of applications for permanent roles, however, was down 5% year-on-year.
Alex Fourlis, managing director at Broadbean Technology, commented, “Despite the on-going economic crisis, it’s encouraging to see businesses still investing in future talent through virtual internships as it will be these individuals who will help companies succeed in the future when the impact of Covid-19 has lessened. The most interesting revelation in my view, is the uptick in applications for contract and temporary roles in comparison to those applying for permanent positions. We certainly didn’t expect to see a drop in people seeking permanent employment during the current crisis. With fewer permanent jobs being advertised, we’d usually see an uptick in the number of applications per role as less options are available for jobseekers. This suggests that the furlough scheme is providing some sense of security for employees across the UK, with many perhaps reluctant to risk a career change at this time. It could also be the case that the good weather and number of bank holidays in May led to fewer people applying for new roles, as these factors can often influence jobseekers.”
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