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Job vacancies to remain high after furlough

Demand for workers is expected to remain high, even as people come off furlough, with staff shortages continuing to create problems for businesses.

Analysis by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation suggests that the recruitment situation could 'remain tight' for some years to come.

According to the REC's Job Recovery Tracker there are a total of 1.66 million active job adverts in the UK.

The last five weeks have seen the highest weekly figures in job adverts since mid-December 2020.

The number of new job adverts being posted each week has remained high since early June.

Last week there were 193,000 new job postings in the UK. This high level of demand continues as many sectors find themselves with a shortage of available workers and companies battle to recruit staff.

Neil Carberry, chief executive of the REC, said: "Demand for workers remains very high across the economy and shows no signs of weakening.

"With businesses in the particularly squeezed food, logistics and hospitality sectors starting to gear up for Christmas, the months ahead could be difficult - even with a large number of people coming off furlough in August and September."

Large numbers of people are finding new work post-Covid as the economy reconfigures.

He added: "That realignment will take time, and there is good evidence to suggest that the market will remain tight for some years to come, even if the current crisis passes."

Businesses which need to hire are encouraged to assess their workforce plans and decide how to attract and retain the staff they need in the coming months and years.

There was a significant increase in adverts for dispensing opticians last week, up 26.4%, as well as for vechicle-related occupations such as driving instructors, up 12.9%, vehicle body builders and repairers, up 12.9% and vehicle valeters and cleaners up 9.2%.

On the other hand, ambulance staff (excluding paramedics) were down 10.1%, conference and exhibition managers and organisers, down 9.7%, and standards and regulations inspectors, down 7.9%.

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