Right now could be a good time to secure a job as the employment market is currently proving to be strong despite everything else that is happening to the economy as a whole.
Although we are now thankfully in the wake of the recent pandemic, we are now faced with the current crisis of the economy. Many people are faced with having to make essential cutbacks in many areas of their lives such as food, energy and fuel and with things set to become worse before they get better, it is little wonder that we may feel defeated. However, on a lighter note, the ONS have released data which indicates that in the previous quarter of this year (April-June 2022), there were 1,294,000 job vacancies with this being described by statistics as a record high.
Further on from there, it has been stated that at the end of last month, July, there were a staggering 1.85 million job vacancies which if statistics are correct, then that is a huge increase. It is not unsurprising to learn that demand is at its highest in London.
Vacancies are across the board in all sectors but some are especially prominent with human health and social work, accomodation and food service activities, professional scientific and technical, retail and manufacturing all being in the top five as compiled by data as of May this year.
The wide range of talent from potential and current employees are forcing employers to reassess what they are offering in terms of salary and general working conditions because not only are they having to maintain the company's increasing overheads but also need to be able to recruit the best talent. They also need to be able to retain them on a long term basis. They are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of quality marketing and positive working environments with additional attractive benefits.
Many successful large companies and industries have exciting plans to expand. Just a few examples of these are - Amazon is on track to be in the top ten of the UK’s biggest private sector employers and have announced it is creating many thousands more new jobs. According to the Construction Skills Network, more than a quarter of a million extra construction sector workers will be required within the next four years and hospitality has a huge shortage of staff with an estimated 174,000 vacancies as of June 2022 which need filling. In its 2019 manifesto, the NHS pledged to increase the number of full time nurses by half a million by the end of the first quarter of 2024. Taking into account that there are over 350 different roles within the NHS - not just nurses - then you appreciate the huge potential for employment possibilities.
Even in uncertain times, there are always vacancies needing to be filled and plenty of opportunities.
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