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Job ads grow as hospitality re-opens, says REC

In the last week of June there were 990,000 unique active job postings in the UK, up from 963,000 in the first week of June, according to the latest Jobs Recovery Tracker from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).



There were over 92,000 new job postings compared to the 112,000 new postings added in the first week of June, with the most notable increase in the hospitality sector (up 57%). The biggest increase in adverts for these hospitality roles was in London, but there was growth across the whole of England.



Other occupations which saw increased numbers of job postings in the second half of June were skilled construction roles such as glaziers (+21.0%), bricklayers (+5.5%) and roofers (+5.3%), as more building sites continue to open. There was also growth for some school support roles including midday supervisors and crossing patrols (+9.3%). The number of job postings for barbers and hairdressers rose by 2.1%, with many people eagerly looking forward to their first proper haircut for three months.



Local hiring hotspots for the second half of June included Mid Lancashire (+9.6%), Luton (+9.3%) and Dumfries & Galloway (+7.6%), highlighting the jobs recovery is progressing across the breadth of the country, rather than being concentrated in major cities.



“While many hospitality and construction firms will start by taking staff off furlough, the market for new jobs in these sectors is starting to improve from the record lows of the past few months,” said Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC. “Our recovery can only pick up pace as consumer and business confidence returns. Lower National Insurance, designed to keep people in work, will be vital to boosting confidence, alongside investment in infrastructure and skills to help the business fightback.”



“Whilst it’s clear to see the demand for staff across ‘key worker’ jobs remain dominant across the UK, particularly within Healthcare and Supermarket chains, there is still very little direct activity emerging in the Automotive and Leisure sectors (hotels specifically) so this is one to watch closely in the weeks ahead as travel restrictions are lifted,” added Matthew Mee, Director, Workforce Intelligence at Emsi, which produces the Jobs Recovery Tracker with the REC.



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